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Rajnath Singh rushed to J-K only after Congress announced its visit: Azad

The Congress group will visit Kashmir and Ladakh on Monday to see the impact of Article 35 A in the three regions.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2017 17:13 IST
Hindustan Times, Jammu
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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.(Arun Sharma/HT File Photo)

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday Union home minister Rajanth Singh rushed to the state only after the Congress announced its schedule.

Rajanth Singh, who met chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and security officials on Sunday, said he had come with an open mind and was willing to interact with anyone who wanted to help in resolving the problems facing Kashmir.

However, Azad, who is part of a Congress group led by former prime minister Manmohan Singh, said the Union home minister was not getting time to visit the state and came here only after coming to know about opposition party’s schedule.

“After Congress’ announcement, the home minister who didn’t have four hours for the state has come here on a four-day visit. But, it is going to make no impact,” he said.

Azad said the PDP-BJP government has brought back the situation akin to early 1990s when militancy was at its peak.

The Congress team has come to assess the ground situation and to see what the ruling coalition has achieved and what it has lost in the past nearly three years, he said.

The Congress group, which also comprises senior leaders Ambika Soni and Dr Karan Singh, will visit Kashmir and Ladakh on Monday to see the impact of Article 35 A in the three regions.

The Congress’ policy has been pondering over how to go about contentious Article 35-A vis-a-vis three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

The team, which heard various delegations on Sunday and held deliberations with party leaders, tried to elicit views of the civil society on all the issues including Article 35 A confronting the state.

The Congress has so far maintained a Kashmir-centric stance over Article 35-A and special status of Jammu and Kashmir in a striking contrast to differing opinions of the people in Jammu and Ladakh regions.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 00:31 IST