All-party delegation to visit J-K tomorrow; SAYSS agrees for talks

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Jammu/New Delhi, Aug 8 (UNI) An all-party delegation, headed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil will visit Jammu and Srinagar tomorrow to help restore peace and normalcy in the state, while the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti has agreed to enter into a dialogue with the high-level Central team on the Amarnath land row.

The decision to send the delegation was taken following the deliberation at the all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The all-party meeting, held in New Delhi, had issued joint appeal for restoration of peace and normalcy in the state, where large-scale violence has been continuing for more than a month following the revocation of land grant to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

The delegation would meet representatives of both Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Muslims in Srinagar to understand their view point and take steps to resolve the controversy.

The people of Jammu have been agitating against the revocation of the order granting land to the Amarnath Shrine Board while people in Srinagar are complaining that the agitation has cut off essential supplies of the Kashmir Valley due to which they were facing a lot of difficulties.

Meanwhile, the BJP today reluctantly agreed to be part of the all-party delegation.

After a telephonic conversation of BJP president Rajnath Singh with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the party asked general secretary Arun Jaitley to be part of the delegation, party spokesman Ravi Shanker Prasad said, maintaining that the Jammu agitation was a serious issue and the BJP would support any effort to bring normalcy in the state.

Extending the Jammu Bandh call for another six days, the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), while reiterating its firm demand of land transfer to SASB has agreed to enter into a dialogue with the high-level Central team.

''It was unanimously decided to hold talks with the Central delegation led by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Shivraj Patil,'' Leela Karan Sharma, Convenor, SAYSS said at a press conference here.

The SAYSS Convenor asserted that besides, some queries would also be tabled before the Central team including delayed approach by the Centre in dealing with the issue, inviting the Kashmir centric leaderships sans Samiti members in the all-party meet convened by the Prime Minister and finally the restoration of land back to the Shrine Board.


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