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Kashmir violence: Opposition plans to reach out to youth in Valley

The Opposition parties are frequently discussing the Kashmir situation among themselves and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been urged to call a meeting of the non-NDA parties.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2017 09:11 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Masked Kashmiri protesters run for cover as Indian government forces fire pellets in Srinagar, Kashmir, Friday, May 12, 2017.
Masked Kashmiri protesters run for cover as Indian government forces fire pellets in Srinagar, Kashmir, Friday, May 12, 2017.(AP Photo)

The turmoil in Kashmir may see the Opposition parties make their own road map to reach out to the youth in the Valley, signalling another area of confrontation with the Narendra Modi government.

The Opposition parties are frequently discussing the Kashmir situation among themselves and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been urged to call a meeting of the non-NDA parties.

“I have told her to call a meeting to send a message to the Kashmiri youth. She told me some other leaders have also told her the same,” CPI leader D Raja said.

Students’ protest and violent agitation are continuing in Srinagar, pelting stones at police personnel and vandalising government properties. In some incidents, girl students have also been seen protesting.

Two days ago, Indian army soldier Ummer Fayaz, 22, was abducted and killed by militants, when he had come home to attend a marriage function. The incident comes amid increasing tensions in the Valley between civilians and security forces following a series of videos that allegedly showed human rights excesses by security forces.

About a week ago, a rogue Pakistani army team killed and beheaded two security personnel, triggering outrage across the country and prompting the government to vow a strong response.

Earlier this week, National Conference leader and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and complained about Mehbooba Mufti-led J&K government. Later Abdullah also called a few Opposition leaders at his Delhi residence and said that there should be a clear message from New Delhi for Kashmir.

While no Opposition party wants any compromise with terrorists, they want the political parties to reach out to the Kashmiri youth and demand that the government initiate dialogues to diffuse the tension.

A senior Opposition leader told HT that at times, parleys on Presidential polls turns out to be discussions on Kashmir. Last week, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a threadbare discussion on Kashmir situation.

“WE can’t keep quiet,” Abdullah has told many Opposition leaders.

A group of MPs, led by home minister Rajnath Singh had visited Kashmir a few months ago to interact with the people of Kashmir. The visit, however yielded little result as the violence in Kashmir valley has aggravated over time. Opposition, however, squarely blames the Centre and points out that it has not taken forward any of the suggestions made by the MPs group.