SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 22: – The visit of Planning and Policy group of Congress to Kashmir has opened yet again a window for reconciliation with BJP Government at Center beginning a process of sending top level Politicians and Party senior Functionaries to valley dropping enough hints that it has a change of heart and wants a dialogue. The latest of such hints was the clear and unambiguous statement of Party’s General Secretary Ram Madav who said government was willing to talk to people out here.
What made BJP to pull its feet back from the firm and tough position of ‘No talks ‘Formula is actually the pressure built by the visit Congress Policy and Planning team led by former Prime minster Dr. Manmohan Singh to Kashmir that saw overwhelming response from all sections of society including those who had refused to meet any delegation from New Delhi during the Past. Politicians, Civil Society activists, intellectuals, Journalists, former jurists, lawyers, doctors, and other members of the society, all turned up to met the delegation indicating that nobody was averse to talks provided it yields results.
The reason for its success lies basically in the hard work of the local Congress unit spearheaded by the former Parliamentarian Tariq Hameed Karra, who has been as per the Sources the main driving force for the entire local Congress Team to make the event a success. If sources are to be believed sending a high level team headed by none less than the former Prime Minster was a pre-condition from Karra for joining Congress after he parted ways from ruling PDP in protest of what he said ‘ killing and maiming youth of kashmir’ by forces during the 2016 turmoil.
Even the Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni had also hinted of this condition at the time of Karra’s joining the party stating that a team would be sent to Jammu and Kashmir for initiating dialogue with the locals irrespective of Government’s refusal to do so. The local congress Party sources have told that ever since Karra joined Congress he has been working overtime to make this visit a huge success and productive and his efforts received full support of entire local Congress team including PCC President Ghulam Ahmad Mir. Even Karra’s Political opponents also not shy away in endorsing his bold stand to pitch for talks on Kashmir issue. AIP President and Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed during his interaction with the Congress Policy planning group appreciated Karra for getting the team to valley and said that the former Lok Sabha member deserted PDP in protest to atrocities, as he could not afford to remain a spectator to watch the ‘atrocities’ that were being committed on the kashmiri youth during 2016 turmoil.
The MLA said that when he asked Karra about the logic behind joining Congress he was told that only this party could pave way for the everlasting resolution of the Kashmir Issue. Sources said that Karra along with G.A.Mir and others senior leaders had a hectic spell of many months of deliberations with people of the state so that to know their view point. This backroom exercise by Karra has forced BJP at Center and PDP at Srinagar to revisit their stands with both the parties feeling heat. The Congress visit has sent BJP into tizzy with traders and Common people coming out openly against its ministers triggering a possible reshuffle of ministers as possible damage control exercise. The PDP on the other side began Public darbar with Chief Minster Mehbooba Mufti even spending a full night in Pulwama South Kashmir. Whatever is the outcome of the BJP-PDP revisited strategies, one thing is clear the Congress has paved way for negotiations which would lead to peace in the valley, and the coalition government would be under tremendous pressure to come forward and offer olive branch amid unrest.