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Centre to follow step by step approach: Patil

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil points out that any step taken to defuse the tension must be taken carefully so that it does not hurt the feelings of any section of the society.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2008 21:42 IST

The government on Friday said it will go "step by step" in finding an amicable solution to the Amarnath land row but refused to be drawn into the controversial debate whether Jammu and Kashmir should be divided.

"We will go step by step," Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Friday said when asked if the all-party delegation visiting Jammu will hold direct talks with leaders of Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, spearheading the ongoing agitation.

Asked if the government would offer a proposal to resolve the land transfer dispute, he told Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate that "this time we want to hear what they have to say. We will hear first and cull out common points and do something in such a manner to give satisfaction to all concerned".

He parried a direct reply to a question whether bifurcation or trifucation of the state could be a solution, saying it was a "very big issue" and not proper for a minister to comment. It should be left to the government, he said.

On BJP's threat to launch a nation-wide stir to demand restoration of the forsest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), he appealed to political parties to refrain from agitations.

Patil said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had to be handled very carefully to ensure that any step taken to defuse the tension did not hurt the feelings of any section of the society.

He expressed satisfaction that there were no blockades on roads in the state. "We will do best to see that roads are not blocked by agitators," he added.