Tarigami hints at re-alignment, emergence of Third Front

17 March 2008
The Daily Excelsior

JAMMU: Hinting at the emergence of Third Front and possible participation of the Hurriyat Conference in the coming Assembly elections the State secretary of CPI (M) and MLA Kulgam Mohd Yousuf Tarigami has said that process of re-alignment of various political groups has set in motion. Addressing press conference here today the CPI (M) leader said that his party sees more transparency in the upcoming elections and those, who remained out of focus in 2002 elections and even before, would be participating this time. 'Surely there would be a re- alignment of political forces in the 2008 polls. New entrants either in the form of groups or individuals, would come under one front to take part in electoral process. We are in touch with many like minded groups and the process of re-alignment has started gaining momentum,' Mr Tarigami maintained. 'Political parties from the mainstream or separatists groups, are duty bound to lead the people of the State and our party will certainly encourage new contestants,' he said, adding that there would be no single ruling party in the State after coming Assembly elections. Those parties should forget now to win single majority. Referring to Kashmir issue, Mr Tarigami said, the J&K State requires an autonomous voice. There is no readymade solution to solve the Kashmir problem but resumption of dialogue process with the new Government in Pakistan will bring out solution. He stressed for making LoC more irrelevant and increasing level of people to people contact on both the sides of LoC besides opening trade between the two countries. The CPI (M) leader also advocated the restoration of the status in its original form as it was after the signing of Instrument of Accession by the then Maharaja of J&K with the Union of India. He further stressed for setting up of three regional councils in the regions of Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir. The MLA said it was a responsibility of any political groups representing the State to forward the peace process between India and Pakistan. Even the Hurriyat leadership has its role to play for the welfare and development of the people of the State. He hoped that separatists may also play a crucial role in the coming elections. 'Though we have different ideology, opinions and agendas but parties can join one platform to resolve 60 years old issue,' he said while asserting that Common Minimum Programme (CMP) should be evolved to resolve issue between both the neighbouring countries. Criticising Azad Government over lack of coordination among coalition partners, Tarigami said no coordination committee meet took place since long and all the Common Minimum programme could not be taken up. Mr Tarigami has been re-elected as secretary CPI (M) for the second term at eighth CPI (M) State level conference, held at Jammu on March 15 to 16.