New Delhi — A delegation of 13 Opposition parties met President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 to bring his attention to present day issues like the lynching of a man in Alwar by cow vigilantes, concerns surrounding safety of EVMs, mishandling of Kashmir situation etc. The delegation comprised leaders of various parties led by the Congress and will include the Left and the TMC, the DMK, the NCP, the JD-U, the RJD, the SP and the BSP, among others.
Briefing the media after the meeting, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “A 13 member delegation of Opposition parties met Rashtrapati ji. We have given a detailed memorandum to the honourable President.”
‘Stone pelting’ cannot be justified
Among the various issues that he cited as detailed in the memorandum, he reflected upon the Kashmir issue and said, “The action of youth and kids who get involved in ‘stone pelting’ during gunbattles between security forces and terrorists cannot be justified in any manner.” He emphasised that the security forces protect our nation.
BJP misfit in J&K
He said that when he was the CM of J&K, he had summoned 27 parties to an all-party meeting headed by the Prime Minister. He added that no such attempt was made in these three years.
He also said, “If BJP thinks that its biggest goal was to form a Govt. in J&K, then it is a mistake.”