Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said the meeting between a delegation of Jammu & Kashmir opposition parties and the prime minister must be welcomed if it is the first sign of “fresh thinking” even as he pitched for sending an all-party delegation to the valley.
On Monday, the Congress had dismissed as “shooting from the hip” the prime minister’s call for a dialogue to find a lasting solution to the unrest in the Kashmir valley which has been on the boil for last 45 days.
It looks like the prime minister’s words keep changing. What he said at the all-party meeting, his remarks in the Independence Day address and today he is talking about dialogue, but dialogue with whom? There is a suspicion that these are mere words, mere empty rhetoric for the Prime Minister. He is, unfortunately, shooting from his hip and merely shooting the breeze.Manish Tewari, Spokesperson, Congress Party
Modi had a 75-minute-long meeting with a joint opposition delegation led by former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday. The prime minister emphasised on the need for dialogue to find a “permanent and lasting solution” within the framework of the Constitution and also asked all political parties to work together to find a solution to the problems in Jammu and Kashmir.