Days After Returning To Congress, Mani Shankar Aiyar Bats For Talks With Hurriyat Leaders

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The Congress party has found itself embroiled in yet another controversy, with it's returning leader Mani Shankar Aiyar calling for the government to have a dialogue with the Hurriyat

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Congress party has found itself embroiled in yet another controversy, with it's returning leader Mani Shankar Aiyar calling for the government to have a dialogue with the Hurriyat leaders in his recent visit to Kashmir.

Aiyar, who was suspended from the party in December 2017 for his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was reinstated within the party ranks earlier this week.The former Union minister made headlines moments after his comeback to the party, reiterating his 'Modi hatao' slogan while stating that there will be a new government next year.

And now, the veteran Congressman has further embarrassed his party with his latest comments concerning the Hurriyat and situation in Kashmir. He said, "I came here in May last year, and I invited Hurriyat, and AM Bande came. The I wen because they didn't come here, and couldn't have given they were all captured. I met all those who were ready to meet me.

"I couldn't meet Yaseen Malik then. So yesterday, I made a phone call to him through a friend to tell him that I am coming again, and could we meet this time? He replied saying we shall meet in Delhi, because I am not meeting anyone here. So I am pretty certain that Hurriyat should be included in any kind of talk."

Only earlier this week, Aiyar, just a day after being reinstated in the party, sparked a controversy claiming Navjot Singh Sidhu's hug with Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa wasn't a big deal. When asked about his remarks on the raging controversy he had said,"I think that the Sidhu controversy interests the media. You will forget about it by tomorrow. The more fundamental question is India-Pak relations."

He then elaborated, expressing once again that the Modi government would be cast aside and that the new government would take forward Indo-Pak relations. "There has been no progress in four-and-a-half years so I do not expect any progress in the few weeks or months that remain for the Modi government. There will be elections, there will be a new government, and you come back to me when the new government comes and at that time and I will share with you my hopes for India-Pakistan resumption of dialogue," Aiyar added.

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