Pranab likely to head APD
Separatists may be called to meet delegation
New Delhi, Sep 17: Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, is likely to lead the all party delegation, which will visit Jammu Kashmir on Monday, Sep 20.
After the core party meeting with Congress President, Sonia Gandhi on Friday, Sep 17, Congress party sources stated that Pranab Mukherjee likely to head the team to the valley to investigate the tensed situation.
According the party sources, Home Minister P Chidmabaram will also be in the team. Earlier sources informed that Chidambaram would lead the team.
The Bharatiya Janata Party will be represented by its general secretary, Arun Jaitley. Senior leader LK Advani or party president Nitin Gadkari may be the second member.
The parliamentary affairs ministry will also be asking all political parties and groups represented in parliament to propose one member each for the all-party delegation, an official said.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Centre may extend invitation to groups and individuals including separatists in Jammu and Kashmir for a meeting with the 39-member all-party delegation visiting the state from Monday.
Though there is an open invitation for anyone to come forward and talk to the delegation, a written invitation will be sent out to a select few including the separatist leaders, sources in the government said.
Sources said the delegation will come back on Wednesday after meeting leaders of political parties and various other sections of the society. The delegation will gather various shades of opinion on the current situation in the state and ways to deal with it.
Once the delegation comes back and gives its feedback, a cabinet committee on Security will be held during which a political package for the state will be deliberated upon, the sources said.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 Sep 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
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