No setback for Peace Process despite ceasefire violations: Chavan22 January 2010
The Daily Excelsior
SAMBA: Union Minister in the Prime Ministerís Office and All India Congress Committee general secretary (I-C J&K), Prithvi Raj Chavan has said that there was no set back to the peace process between India and Pakistan despite incidents of some ceasefire violations along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi was doing its best to carry on with the peace initiative. Talking to media-persons at the sidelines of the rally organised by former MoS, Manjit Singh (Ex-PDP leader) at Vijaypur today, Mr Chavan said some skirmishes along the Line of Control and other parts of the International Border recently in the Jammu and Kashmir, will not have much impact on the peace process between the two countries. He said New Delhi was serious about the issue and continued to take up matter with the concerned Pakistani authorities through various channels. 'Union Government was taking all possible efforts to carry on the peace initiatives and maintain complete peace along the borders. A few incidents of this nature along the LoC will not have much impact disturbing peace or create scare among people. Itís hoped that things will improve in comings days as Union Government is vigorously pursuing the matter', he maintained. When asked about the total failure of UPA Government to control price hike in the country, Mr Chavan while defending Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar, said Government was doing its best to contain price hike. He said ration scale of people per ration card has been increased by 10 kg. Sugar rates have been slashed and more reduction in rates will be observed shortly. He alleged that Sugar mess has been created by Mayawati in UP but price will be brought under control. If needed food grains and even pulses will be imported to keep price under control, he added. Responding to a question on factionalism in Congress in J&K, AICC leader said he was seriously concerned about the factionalism in the Pradesh Congress. 'I had requested them to resolve differences and attend all the party functions. Messages have gone to them and I hope the things will improve and you will see the change in coming days,' Mr Chavan added. On disciplinary action against rebels and others, Chavan said the Committee constituted for the purpose has done its job and a report stands submitted. To a question regarding non-conduct of meetings of the Coordination Committee of the Coalition Government since long, Mr Chavan said Committee is meeting regularly and doing its job and party Ministers are also performing. He dismissed the allegations that Soz was trying to weaken the Coalition in J&K. Mr Chavan termed it as false propaganda. Earlier, addressing gathering, Mr Chavan welcomed former Minister and senior PDP leader from Vijaypur, Manjit Singh into the party fold and hoped that Congress will emerge stronger in Samba district. He said Congress was doing best for the overall development and peace in J&K. Only Congress can ensure better development in all the three regions besides keeping them united. He said party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh were keen to see J&K as prosperous State. Prof Soz said, 'there are always problems in the ĎCoalitionsí but we had no option. It was compulsion to go in for Coalition. If Coalition moves jointly and smoothly, the problems does not matter. It can be overcome by collective efforts. Coordination Committee is here to solve the problems. It is responsibility of everyone in the party to make Coalition stronger and more important is to make Congress Party stronger and united,' Prof Soz maintained. Referring to activities of some people within the party, Prof Soz said acts of some people were not healthy for the partyís unity. They want to create confusion in the Coalition. They are on wrong path. 'I want to strengthen the party as well as the Coalition. Party is above any post. Posts are linked to the party. Those on the posts should realise that service to the people is the prime concern of the Congress. They should shun the politics of conspiracy', Prof Soz said. PCC chief said Manjit will get important position in Congress and entire party stands by him. He will be instrumental in strengthening party in Samba district. Congress Ministers, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Raman Bhalla, Sham Lal Sharma, Aijaz Khan, MP Madan Lal Sharma, Deputy Chairman of State Legislative Council Arvinder Singh Micky, former DyCM Pt Mangat Ram Sharma, Th Hari Singh, Indu Pawar MLA, Ravinder Sharma MLC, Swarn Lata, Parkash Sharma and Mula Ram also addressed the gathering. Manjit Singh while justifying his position said that he preferred to join Congress as it has no shift in stand whether in Delhi, Jammu or Kashmir valley. Other regional parties have different stands in Kashmir, Jammu region and even changed stance at New Delhi. Congress is a national party with secular character and having capacity to take people of all the religions and sections of society alongwith it. Prominent among others present included Dharam Pal Sharma, Capt Parveen Davar, Muzaffar Parrey, Amolak Singh, G A Mir, Gh Hassan Khan, Yash Pal Khajuria, Kanta Bhan, MLA Krishan Chand Bhagat, Shiv Kumar Sharma, C L Bhat, Ashwani Puri, Farida Mir, Dr Satpal, Manmohan Singh, Neeraj Gupta, Dr Buti Ram, Hans Raj Bhagat and Ch Abdul Rashid (NSUI).