The CPI (M) has demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take the initiative and start the dialogue process with various groups in Jammu and Kashmir to restore peace and normalcy in the strife-hit state.
"As a precursor to this, the Prime Minister should convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue and arrive at a common consensus to resolve the issue," party politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.
Addressing a press conference at the CPI (M) headquarters in Hyderabad on Saturday, where he came to attend the Andhra Pradesh State Committee meeting of the party, Yechury charged that despite repeated claims, a tangible dialogue process did not start in Jammu and Kashmir even as many anti-national forces were trying to destabilise the state government.
The current turmoil in J&K was because of the Centre's failure to keep its promises given to the Kashmiri youth, he claimed.
"The Prime Minister had promised many things to the Kashmiri youth, including economic security and employment. But that promise was not kept, causing dissatisfaction among the youth and leading to the current situation," Yechury said. This was also threatening the solidarity of the country, he apprehended.
"The foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries for normalisation of ties too did not yield any result," the CPI(M) leader said.
Replying to a question, Yechury said various groups in J&K were divided on the dialogue process. "But the Prime Minister should take the initiative to start the process by taking national political parties into confidence," he said.
To another query on deployment of Army in Kashmir after a gap of a decade, he said the CPI(M) always felt that the Army should not be involved to tackle internal situations. "Army should be called in only if the country's sovereignty or border issues are involved," he added.
On the growing Maoist menace in different parts of the country, the CPI(M) politburo member said a multi-pronged approach was needed to tackle it.
"First and foremost, the civil administration in Maoist-affected areas has to be re-established. This is absolutely essential. Also, there has been to be greater co-ordination between states like Orissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal affected by the Maoist problem since each state is ruled by a different party," Yechury said.
He noted that "alienation of local population" was growing because of the economic policies being pursued by the governments. Also, the Maoists have become a biggest political challenge for the governments to tackle, he pointed out.
Yechury said the Left, with the help of other like-minded parties, would corner the UPA government on the issue of price rise in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning July 26. "We will continue our fight on the issue both inside and outside Parliament," he said.
CPM state secretariat member Y Venkateswara Rao was also present.