At a press conference, Anand Sharma said, "The government should take initiative and start a political dialogue in which all the Opposition parties of the country take it into confidence. Let a group go there so that the situation there can be understood. Also, leaders who are held, including former chief ministers, should be freed."
He added, "Concerns arising about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir are natural. There is a complete blockade from the administration's side. News and communication are not accessible to the people there. That's why there are so many questions being raised. Our advice to the government is to let the Opposition leaders go there."
The remarks come days after Opposition leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sitaram Yechury, and D Raja were stopped from going ahead with their visit to Jammu and Kashmir.