Dr Manmohan Singh-led congress group to arrive in Kashmir on Saturday


Former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh-led policy planning group of the Congress will arrive in Srinagar on a two-day visit to study the ground situation in Kashmir on Saturday.

The group includes former union ministers P Chidambaram, former J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni. They will meet senior party leaders, including MLAs and MLCs, soon after reaching Kashmir a congress spokesperson said.

He said the senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh is also expected to be the part of the delegation which would meet representatives of various opposition parties, including the National Conference, the CPI (m) and others.

“The invitation is open and anybody can meet them,” he said. “They want to know the ground reality.”

Besides, political parties the group will also meet civil society groups, youth leaders, traders, hoteliers, businessmen, local Kashmiri Pandits, minority groups, saffron and fruit growers and students.

The group was set up by the Congress in April after the situation worsened in the valley due to widespread violence by protesters following the death of eight persons in firing by the troopers during by polls of the Srinagar LokSabha constituency.

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