‘PC To Have Greater Say On Kashmir’17 January 2010
Srinagar: With the exit of M K Narayanan as National Security Advisor, Home Minister, P Chidambaram, would have a greater role to play in the Kashmir affairs, sources told Greater Kashmir on Sunday. Since Chidambaram took over as the Union Home Minister, Narayanan has had a little role to play vis-à-vis Kashmir. All the policy decisions, including the announcement of “quiet diplomacy” and preparing Jammu and Kashmir police for a lead role, were announced by the Home Minister himself. Narayanan, who has been nominated as the new Governor of West Bengal, was almost incharge of the Kashmir affairs on both domestic and international fronts. He was the key player and held many rounds of talks with political parties in Kashmir and Pakistan leadership. He was sent to Kashmir by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during the Amarnath land row crisis. Narayanan was looking after the Kashmir affairs since 2005. He played a major role in 2008 assembly elections. Sources said that Chidambaram never felt comfortable working with Narayanan. Pertinently, the president of the Panthers Party Prof Bhim Singh had accused him (Narayanan) of threatening him in case his legislators voted against the then Congress Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2008. However, Azad tendered his resignation before seeking the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly.