The all-party delegation, sent by the Centre to Kashmir to hold talks over the current hostile situation prevailing in the Valley and find a solution, was given a cold shoulder by separatist leaders on the first day of their visit.
On Sunday, the delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met mainstream parties at SKICC, including opposition leader and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah.
Later in their first attempt to reach out to separatist leaders, MPs Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Yadav and D Raja turned up at Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hyderpora residence. They were greeted by anti-India slogans from Geelani’s supporters and were denied entry, NDTV has reported.
Ahead of the delegation’s visit, Geelani had asked “all stakeholders to stay away from meeting the members of the delegation”.
JKLF chief Yasin Malik also refused to have talks with the visiting MPs. “You see the situation outside. What can we talk about in such situation,” Malik was quoted as saying by Sharad Yadav. Malik is reported to have told the MPs that no talk is possible under the ambit of Indian Constitution.
Earlier, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also refused to have talks with Hyderabad MP Assadudin Owaisi at Chashma Shahi sub-jail. The delegation also tried to meet former Hurriyat chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat, but he refused to talk to them.