Former Finance Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha
Former Finance Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

SRINAGAR — Trinamool Congress vice-president and member of the Concerned Citizens’ Group (CCG), Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday said that the reports that have been briefed and submitted to the Central government time and again have never been entertained or responded but the government acts contrary to those reports.

He said that he has been visiting Jammu and Kashmir since 2016, along with his colleagues to acquaint themselves with the ground reality.

He said that after the abrogation of Article 370, CCG came here but “this was my first tour after the abrogation of 370”.

“I am here again today with the same energy and intent to interact with people to gauge the ground situation and pass it to the people living in rest of the country,” he said.

“It’s right to say that the reports that have been collected in the past have not been responded to by the government but instead the governments have acted against those reports, like scraping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating it into two union territories, but the aim of our visit is to make people aware about the situation and ground realities of Jammu Kashmir and we are doing that,” he added.

While replying to a question, Sinha said that the BJP doesn’t have much presence in Kashmir, but they have some presence in Jammu. “I feel the people of Jammu and Kashmir would respond through vote to the actions of BJP that they have taken in Jammu Kashmir,” he said.

On the ongoing delimitation process, Sinha said that the process is taking place here because it is a part of Re-organization Act of Jammu and Kashmir, and the Act is under challenge in Supreme Court. “It’s surprising to see that they are going with the process when it’s already in the court.”

He also said that all the issues between India and Pakistan can be addressed through dialogue. “We have to talk to Pakistan, and they have to talk to us. Since the two governments have realized that they cannot live in a state of enmity, some back-channel talks have been started and the recent ceasefire on the Line of Control is the outcome of the same,” he said.

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