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PC appeals to BJP to attend meeting with PM on Kashmir

Home Minister P Chidambaram today made a special request to BJP Central leadership and its legislature party in Jammu and Kashmir to attend the Prime Minister`s meeting convened to discuss the situation in the state.



New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram today
made a special request to BJP Central leadership and its
legislature party in Jammu and Kashmir to attend the Prime
Minister`s meeting convened to discuss the situation in the
state.

BJP legislature party in Jammu and Kashmir had refused
to be part of the all-party delegation from the state to meet
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as it is led by Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah.

"Our legislators do not agree with Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah`s views on the situation in Kashmir and did not wish
to be part of any delegation led by him to meet the Prime
Minister," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
said.

The BJP MLAs from the state had met the PM last week as
part of a delegation led by BJP Parliamentary Party Chief L K
Advani.

Home Minister P Chidambaram and former Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah took the initiative on
government`s behalf to convince BJP to attend today`s meeting.

Both of them met Swaraj in the Lok Sabha and told her
that BJP`s presence in the meeting was crucial.

Swaraj told Farooq Abdullah to meet BJP Parliamentary
Party Chief L K Advani, who had led the BJP MLAs delegation to
the PM, to discuss the issue.

"We decided that BJP can participate in the meeting not
as part of the all-party delegation led by Omar Abdullah but
as invitees of the Prime Minister," Swaraj said.

Leaving nothing to chance, Chidambarama himself called
BJP Legislature Party leader in Jammu and Kashmir Chaman Lal
Gupta asking him to attend. Gupta gave his consent and will be
accompanied by BJP state unit head Shamsher Singh in the
meeting.

During the earlier meeting with the Prime Minister, the
BJP delegation had told him that government appeared clueless
about how to tackle the situation and expressed its dissent to
giving a political package to Jammu and Kashmir as demanded by
Omar Abdullah.

"The army`s strength in the valley should not be reduced
and no steps should be taken which would demoralise the
security forces," a BJP leader said.

PDP will boycott the meeting, sources said.

PTI

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