New Delhi, January 5 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced here today a five-member "study team" on Jammu and Kashmir to interact with a cross-section of people in the state. The team, headed by party leader Rajnath Singh, includes party MPs Ravi Shankar Prasad, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and Maya Singh besides Dr J K Jain, who is in charge of the party's minority wing.
It is to recall that Dr J K Jain, who has last year rejoined the BJP after a long gap, has visited the state several times earlier with a number of non-BJP delegations, including leaders of Muslim organizations, to assess the situation and met Tahreek Hurriyet chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyet Conference chief Omar Farooq and others.
5-Member BJP Study Team
According to a press statement issued by the BJP, the decision to form the study team was taken by its President Nitin Gadkari in view of the special conditions prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir. The team will visit Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions and talk to a cross-section of the people before finalizing its report, the statement said.
The youth wing of the party---the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM)---is organising a 16-day march to Srinagar from Kolkata that will culminate in Srinagar on Republic Day January 26, 2010.
The summer of 2010 saw months of unrest in the Kashmir Valley in which over 100 people were killed, mostly in clashes between stone-pelting mobs and security forces.
3 Interlocutors Named By UPA Govt
It is to point out that meanwhile, three interlocutors---journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, Information Commissioner M M Ansari and noted academician Radha Kumar---named by the Central Government on October 13, 2010 to re-start the log-jammed political dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir and help bring peace in the troubled state, are already actively engaged in their task.