#Day 45: Modi Promises Omar that Delegation’s Suggestions Would Be Considered

Kashmir Opposition Parties led by Omar Abdullah during Delhi visit.
Kashmir Opposition Parties led by Omar Abdullah during Delhi visit.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told visiting opposition leaders that his government will “seriously discuss” the suggestion they have made to diffuse the Kashmir situation. Kashmir’s unionist opposition parties had a detailed meeting with Modi during which they submitted a memorandum seeking political intervention and resumption of dialogue.

“The Prime Minister patient heard us and assured that his government will consider the suggestions we had made,” Communist leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami told Kashmir Life after the meeting was over. “He admitted that Kashmir is not an entirely a developmental issue.”

Tarigami said that the delegation led by Omar Abdullah submitted a detail memorandum that highlighted Kashmir as a political issue and not a law and order issue. It sought immediate revocation of the pellet guns given the massive crisis it has created.

During their interactions, the opposition leaders from Congress NC, CPI (M) and other parties insited that Kashmir should not be seen as purely law and order issue. “The anger is bigger in size as compared to earlier situations and is massively widespread,” Tarigmai said the members told Modi. “We asked the Prime Minister that the situation should not been from partly angles and that it requires political handling and we demanded that the doors for dialogue with everybody should be immediately opened.”

Tarigami said that even if there is reluctance to talk from some side, Delhi should keep the doors open and send a strong message from the Prime Minister’s office that it is keen for a dialogue with all the stakeholders and all shades of opinion.

The memorandum that the delegation submitted highlighted the same issue that the one submitted to Rashtrapati Bhawan envisaged. Modi has also appreciated the delegation that they came to him and did not saw Kashmir from the partly politics.

Reports from other sources suggest that the delegation gave details of the ground situation to the Prime Minister. The memorandum asked for doing away with the administrative and security response and opt for political one. It warned against adding to alienation by using force and instead asked for “credible and meaningful political dialogue with all stakeholders”.

The eight-member delegation led by Omar included G A Mir, Tarigami, Hakim Yasin, Ghulam Hassan Mir and other NC leaders.

Omar led delegation on Sunday met President Pranab Mukherjee and latter Rahul Gandhi. It is also meeting Sitaram Yachuri later on Monday.

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