CPI demands Parliamentary Committee for Kashmir dialogue

The CPI on Wednesday asked the Centre to appoint a Parliamentary Committee to initiate dialogue with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir instead of the proposed interlocutor to monitor and review the situation there.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 19:17 PM IST

Chennai: The CPI on Wednesday asked the Centre to appoint a Parliamentary Committee to initiate dialogue with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir instead of the proposed interlocutor to monitor and review the situation there.

"There is no point in appointing interlocutor. It will be a fruitless exercise," CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan told reporters here.

Only a Parliamentary group, which would have different representatives, could hold dialogue with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir and it could also monitor implementation of the eight-point programme announced by the Centre for the strife-torn state, he said.

On the decision to remove 16 security bunkers from Srinagar city as part of the Centre`s peace initiative to reach out to people of the Valley, Bardhan said: "as a good gesture the Centre could also abolish more such bunkers to create secured feeling among the people living there."

He said it was also necessary to withdraw Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest. "There is a demand to withdraw AFSPA in North East also," he added.

To a question on the verdict of the Allahabad High Court on the Babri-Ramjanmabhoomi issue and its consequences, he said the judgement was based on "faith and religious belief than evidences. It is a weak judgement".

While appreciating the matured response shown by people in the wake of the verdict, he said: "now the road to Supreme Court is open. We believe that Supreme Court will give its final verdict."

PTI