New Delhi, October 13 The choice of interlocutors to hold dialogue with various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir seems not to have satisfied the main opposition political parties.
Though the BJP did not come out with its view officially, party sources said the team appeared to be “light-weight” and felt the government should have opted for a Parliamentary Committee with representation from all major political parties instead of appointing non-political personalities — journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and Information Commissioner M M Ansari. They said the government did not consult the opposition parties before selecting the interlocutors.
The CPM was of the view that only a political committee can “seriously” conduct the exercise of initiating dialogue. “It would have been better if they had political persons in it,” CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said.
The Samajwadi Party criticising the choice of interlocutors, calling them “non-political” and “non-entities”. “Though, they are non-controversial, they are also non-entities... The appointment of non-political persons show the dearth of capable leaders in the Congress to handle such a complex issue,” said party spokesperson Mohan Singh.
CPI’s Gurudas Dasgupta, who was a member of the all-party delegation to J&K, refused to comment on the choice of the interlocutors. “Let’s see how is works,” Dasgupta said. (With inputs from Indian Express).