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Prime Minister takes stock of situation

india Updated: Jun 29, 2008 01:52 IST

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As Jammu and Kashmir plunged into political crisis amid continued protests over transfer of forest land to Amarnath shrine board, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday discussed the situation with his senior Cabinet colleagues.

Soon after PDP pulled out of the Congress-led coalition in the state, Singh held discussions with Home Minister Shivraj Patil, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and party General Secretary incharge of the state Prithviraj Chavan about the prevailing situation.

Patil is understood to have briefed the Prime Minister on the situation arising out of continued protests accompanied by sporadic violence in the state against the transfer of 39.88 hectares of forest land to the Amarnath board.

Problems for Ghulam Nabi Azad government got compounded as the junior coalition parter PDP joined the voices against the transfer of the forest land and pulled out of the government, reducing it to minority.

PDP has 18 MLAs in the 87-member state assembly while Congress has 21 members. The coalition has the support of eight independent MLAs and two CPI(M) legislators.