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BJP delegation visits J-K to take stock of situation

April 13, 2011 - Srinagar

A six-member Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation visited Srinagar on Wednesday to understand the problems faced by the people and prepare a road map for Jammu and Kashmir.

Former BJP President Rajnath Singh is leading the delegation, which is on a four-day visit to the state.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party thinks Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and that is non-negotiable. If there is any problem in Jammu and Kashmir, if the people face any problems in Jammu and Kashmir, it is not just the problem of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, it is the problem of the whole nation," said Singh.

The BJP leader said the delegation would also study the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the feasibility of continuing it in the state.

"As there is question of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, I have to say that we will discuss with the delegation thoroughly regarding this that what is the problem with Armed Police Forces?" said Singh.

The AFPSA gives security forces sweeping powers to shoot, arrest, search and detain people in the course of battling insurgency in Kashmir.

The BJP leader also said that they have come with an open mind and would listen to all sections of the society.

"Honestly, the BJP wants to resolve the issue and that is why we have come here with open hearts and minds. We have not come here with prior reservations. We have come here with open minds," said Singh.

BJP spokespersons Ravi Shankar Prasad and Maya Singh and senior party leaders Shahnawaz Hussian, K. K. Jain and P. Natha accompany Rajnath Singh.


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