Did not take Hurriyat leader's refusal to meet as insult, says Sitaram Yechury

New Delhi: Communist Party of India Marxist (CPM) leader Sitaram Yechury said on Wednesday that he did not take Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's refusal to meet him and others as an insult.

Sitaram Yechury. PTI

Sitaram Yechury. PTI

"I did not take it as an insult. We set out to meet five people (separatists) and could meet four. One person refused to meet but that was not totally unexpected," Yechury said here after the all-party meeting to review the situation.

"But I still insisted to go and meet him because we wanted to tell the people of Kashmir that we are willing to talk to them (separatists) and with all stakeholders. I think that message has been successfully conveyed," Yechury said.

Yechury, and a few other members of the all-party delegation that visited Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday and Monday, had taken an initiative to meet separatist leaders.

However, Geelani refused to meet them and they were turned away from his door.

Briefing about the discussions in the meeting, the CPM leader said dialogue should be initiated with all stakeholders to look for a long term solution.

"We suggested a few things to restore people's confidence and trust. The allegations of human rights violations should be investigated and action taken on them. Also, AFSPA should be lifted from civilian areas.

"Besides, we discussed a lot of other things and the government did not say 'no' to any proposal. I think we should look for a permanent solution," he said.

Updated Date: Sep 07, 2016 20:49 PM

Also Watch

It's A Wrap: Omerta star Rajkummar Rao in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 Watch: National-level skater and coach Dhwanit Rele trains and nurtures budding athletes
  • Monday, May 14, 2018 FOMO Episode 1: Google Assistant, This is America, Sonam's wedding & Global Warming
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See