We'll Talk To Stone Throwers: Soz28 August 2010
Jammu: State Congress chief Saifuddin Soz Saturday said that his party will talk to stone pelters in Valley “to see what their problem is” once the dialogue process on Kashmir resumes. Speaking to Rising Kashmir on the sidelines of a day-long session of Congress delegates from Samba, Soz said the party has a key role to play in organizing dialogue in Kashmir to end the cycle of violence. “Our party favours a vigorous dialogue between all the stakeholders belonging to different shades of opinion in the state and the centre to find a solution acceptable to the three regions of the state. We have also to talk to stone pelters to see what their problem is. We have to give them confidence to understand the reason behind their actions,” Soz said. The Pradesh Congress Committee chief expressed satisfaction with the functioning of NC-Congress coalition. “I am satisfied with the smooth functioning of the coalition government. There is perfect harmony and understanding between the coalition partners,” he said. Stating that the spirit of coalition must percolate down to the grass root level also, he said senior leaders especially ministers in the coalition have to be careful in their day today working so that interests of the coalition are promoted by serving the people to their expectations. “The ministers should respect the sentiments of workers of their respective parties as well of the coalition partners. The coalition works on the principles of mutual faith and respect,” Soz said. On the sacking of former Minister for Roads and Buildings G M Saroori, PCC chief said it was the decision of Congress high command. However, he added, 'The vacancy created in the council of ministers would be filled up by Congress soon.” Saroori was sacked on August 26 after he refused to heed a Congress high command directive to resign in the wake of a row over alleged use of an impersonator by his daughter during a medical entrance test. He is a Congress MLA from Inderwal Assembly segment of Kishtwar district. Earlier addressing the party delegates from Samba, Soz said that strong Congress was the guarantee of a strong and stable coalition in the state. “Strengthening Congress is our primary responsibility and all workers of the party have to work together to make the party a strong police force of the state. It is the duty and responsibility of every Congressman to work for strengthening the party, only then will the coalition be strong and stable,” he said. The delegate session was organized by District Congress Committee Samba under the presidentship of ex-MLA Parkash Sharma. The session was attended and addressed by Senior Vice presidents PCC Mangat Ram Sharma, Dharam Pal Sharma; Vice Presidents Yash Paul Khajura, S. Gurmukh Singh; Member Parliament Madan Lal Sharma; Ministers Raman Bhalla, Sham Lal Sharma, R.S. Chib, Choudahry Aijaz Khan; General Secretary and Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma-MLC; Indu Pawar-MLA and President Mahila Congress and dozens of senior Congress leaders.