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Sonia postpones visit to Srinagar, will visit Jammu

india Updated: May 27, 2010 15:36 IST
Amir Tantray

Even though Congress President Sonia Gandhi has postponed her proposed visit to Srinagar on May 29, she will keep her date with the people of Jammu.

"Her visit to Srinagar has been postponed and not completely called off," a top leader of Congress told Hindustan Times.

The new dates, he said would be known in few days' time.

Sonia Gandhi would be visiting Jammu on Saturday morning. She will inaugurate a tribal cultural centre in the premises of Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust, which also runs educational institutions for the children of Gujjar community as also of the other communities.

According to sources, Sonia will meet the party leaders in Jammu and hear them out on the organizational matters and overall situation of the state.

These sources also disclosed that the metrological department's forecast of rains in Srinagar from May 28 onwards has resulted in the rescheduling of the programme.

Now, she might visit Srinagar some time in June or July, and she will lay the foundation stone of a colony for dwellers of Dal lake, whose land would be taken out of the waters of the lake, that time.

Although Geelani faction may again repeat its shutdown call as and when Sonia visits, the sources said, but that is not the reason, because she has visited in the past, too, amid shutdowns and delivered her message of her and her party's connect with the people of Kashmir.

She would be talking to both the factions of the Congress, led by Union Health Minister and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and PCC president Saif-ud-Din Soz, and tell them that the party needs to stand as a united unit in the state.

The sources said that everyone, including Soz and other leaders in the party and the state government, were informed about the visit by Congress leaders in Delhi.

"There was no ambiguity on the issue."