Fri, 30 Sep 2016
Demand for Debate
Spokesperson: Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad: He said that when Congress had demanded that there should be a debate in the House and the whole opposition supported us and the discussion was held on the condition in Kashmir, we again demanded for a discussion as the condition had worsened badly after July 18, therefore we made demand for discussion and there was discussion in the Zero Hour and at last day before yesterday and debated around eight hours on the spoilt condition in Kashmir in which we and all the opposition decided that on all-party meeting should be held and which is presided over by the Prime Minister, and which took place today.
All the opposition parties placed their view-points. The start was made by the Congress when former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh placed his views and then I spoke. I would like to tell you what Dr. Manmohan Singh said.
Dr. Manmohan Singh said “The most important thing right now with regard to Jammu & Kashmir is to defuse the present extremely tense and tragic situation. It is certainly proved that there have been occasions in the past when tension got built up when we were in Government. In the last 10 years, when we were in office, we made serious efforts to find practical and pragmatic solutions to these problems. We recognize that we did not fully succeed. It is now the Government of India’s duty to look into this matter and come up with a roadmap for defusing the present situation. That alone will convince the people of Jammu & Kashmir that we have a caring Government at Delhi. We assure the Government that any positive steps you will take in this endeavour, you will have our full cooperation”. Friday, 12th August, 2016.