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PM must go to Kashmir: Political parties

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | May 21, 2006 17:52 IST

Political parties feel that prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh should go ahead with his two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir despite terrorist attack on the Youth Congress rally in Srinagar on Sunday in which five people were killed and scores of persons including inspector general of police Kashmir K Rajendran were injured.

According to reports from Kashmir two suicide attackers came to Sher-e-Kashmir park in police uniform and threw grenades minutes before the chief minister of the state Gulam Nabi Azad was to reach to address the rally on the 15th death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"The congress president Mrs Sonia Gandhi is in touch with the congress leaders in Kashmir and she is monitoring the situation. She as well as the congress party is of the view that Dr Manmohan Singh should visit Kashmir to defeat the designs of the terrorists," Mrs Ambika Soni told newsmen in New Delhi.

In 2005, hours before Dr Singh was to flag off with bus service with Sonia Gandhi, terrorists had attacked the venue from the hills over looking the stadium.

Prakash Javadekar,spokesman of the Bhartiya Janata party said, that such dastardly attacks need to be condemned.

"The government must take stern action against the terrorists and the security system in the valley should be strengthened. People are talking of self-rule and demilitarisation by parties including the People's Democratic Party, which is the part of the ruling coalition.

Prime minister must go to Kashmir to defeat the designs of terrorists and hold deliberations on Kashmir," he said.

D Raja, of the Communist Party of India, condemned the terrorist attack and called it a desperate attempt by them to disrupt the peace process between India and Pakistan. "The two governments must continue the dialogue and should not be deterred by such acts of cowardice.

"I too feel that Dr Singh should continue with his earlier schedule to visit the valley and hold round able discussions," Raja told

He expressed deep condolences for those who lost their lives and expressed anxiety for the brave police officers like K Rajendran who were injured in the fidayeen attack.

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