All-party delegation to Kashmir to include Jaitley, Paswan and Owaisi

This is first time the Chief Minister visited the residence of any of the people killed in the violence

The government has already indicated that members of the all-party delegation during their two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir beginning September 4, will be free to meet any leader or individual or groups "including separatists".

Mr. Rajnath Singh had visited Srinagar twice in recent weeks for talks with top officials and political leaders as part of the Centre's efforts to end the crisis.

J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti meets family of a victim who died in firing during Kashmir unrest
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti meets family of a victim who died in firing during Kashmir unrest

Reportedly, this time MIM supremo and one of the major critics of BJP led NDA government at the center and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi and another prominent minority face and leader of Muslim League E Ahamed's names have emerged as the part of the delegation. At the meeting called by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar - the itinerary of the visit will be shared with the members, who will also hold discussions on the prospective meetings in Kashmir. The delegation will also comprise JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, NCP leader Tariq Anwar and Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy.

Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has declined to meet the all-party delegation led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying he can not "demonise the sanctity of this grave issue by participating in a photo session or for a cup of tea". "We can not demonise the sanctity of this grave issue by participating in a photo session or (meeting) for a cup of tea", he said, appealing to others not to indulge in such a "futile" exercise. Sartaj Madni and Bharatiya Janata Party delegation led by J&K State President Sat Sharma will be meeting the Home Minister.

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