Govt should separate people from separatists in J&K, says Sitaram Yechury

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NEW DELHI: CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said the central government needs to separate the people of Jammu and Kashmir from separatists if it intends to find a solution to the Kashmir issue.

As he agreed that there is no magic-bullet solution to the Kashmir problem, Sitaram Yechury said, “Two things are required confidence building measures and political process of dialogue with all stakeholders.”

At the Aaj Tak security summit here on Tuesday, the CPI (M) general secretary recounted the roadmap by all-party delegation to J&K post which the parties had stressed on the need to initiate confidence-building measures and initiate dialogue with all stakeholders.

Yechury said three years later, situation has changed on the ground, but the solutions remains the same.

He also raised the issue of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir during discussion on Jammu and Kashmir. If Lok Sabha polls can be held in Jammu and Kashmir, why is security a problem for assembly polls in the state? Yechury asked.

On opposition leaders being labelled as anti-nationals, Yechury said those attempting to drive a wedge between Indians were the real anti-nationals. “India remains to stand united. There is no ruling and opposition when it comes to national security,” Yechury said.

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