No Response From PM To Sinha For Meet On Kashmir


 New Delhi: The veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who heads ‘Concerned Citizens Group’, has said that he has not received any response from Prime Minster’s Office on his request for a meeting with the PM on Kashmir.

 In an interview to The Indian Express, Yashwant Sinha said, “I left a request for a meeting with PM on Kashmir, but unfortunately there has been no response from him.”

When asked about government’s response, he said, “as far as the government is concerned, we are still waiting for a response. They need not respond to us, but they should respond to the situation. We would say they have responded to the situation, if they abide by the promises they themselves have made in the agenda of alliance between the PDP and the BJP, which is now 25 months old.”

Sinha, who held as Foreign and Finance portfolios during BJP government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and has led a delegation of ‘concerned citizens’ to Kashmir several times recently, said the situation in the Valley is so fragile that any little thing can trigger any kind of protest, including a violent protest. “We have seen it recently, the byelection led to the killing of eight people. We have seen how an isolated incident in a college in Pulwana led to a student agitation all over the Valley,” he added.

He said that by-elections have done no good to the image of our democracy and he is happy that the Anantnag by-election has been postponed.

 “I request the Election Commission to seriously consult the Home Ministry and the state government before finalising the dates. Such a low turnout can enable us to elect somebody, but does not carry conviction,” he added.

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