Amit Shah lands in Jammu for 2-day visit, defusing Kashmir situation on agenda
During his visit, Shah is slated to assess the Kashmir situation and review the performance of 11 ministers of the party in the ruling PDP-BJP government.Updated: Apr 29, 2017 14:40 IST
Hindustan Times, Jammu
BJP president Amit Shah landed in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning for a two-day visit to the strife-torn state.
After Shah was received at the city airport, his cavalcade was taken in procession to the Jammu Convention Centre. The BJP president was accompanied by national general secretaries Ram Lal, Ram Madhav, J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna, minister of state in the PMO Jitendra Singh, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, and state BJP president Sat Sharma.
Even as BJP state general secretary Pawan Khajuria was anchoring the proceedings at the Jammu Convention Centre, Shah – who probably had “serious business” on the back of his mind – abruptly asked the serving staff and personal assistants of those present to leave the auditorium.
Khajuria had earlier told mediapersons to step out once the inaugural ceremony was over.
During his visit, Shah is slated to assess the Kashmir situation and review the performance of 11 ministers of the party in the ruling PDP-BJP government. The BJP government at the Centre has reportedly given Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti a little over two months to restore normalcy in the Muslim-majority state.
Shah recently told a news channel that the Centre will not hold talks with separatists and other stakeholders unless the incidents of violence and stone-pelting came to an end. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed a similar sentiment during his meeting with Mehbooba in New Delhi on April 24.
“The national president will review the performance of the PDP-BJP coalition, the performance of 11 party ministers in the ruling alliance, and the prevalent security scenario in the Valley,” said a senior BJP leader.
A vicious cycle of violence and stone-pelting has put the ruling PDP-BJP government in an unenviable position. Abdul Gani Dar, the PDP’s Pulwama district president, was shot the same day Mufti met Modi in the national capital. National Conference, the main opposition party, has demanded the imposition of governor’s rule in the state.
This is Shah’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the formation of the PDP-BJP government in 2015.
“The visit is part of Amit Shah’s 93-day-long nationwide campaign to visit every state for two to three days in connection with the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Janam Shatabdi celebrations,” the BJP leader said.
Shah’s to-do list for April 29 includes addressing party functionaries at the Jammu Convention Centre and meeting legislators, ministers and prominent citizens. The next day, he will meet leaders of different wings of the party at the BJP’s Trikuta Nagar office and hold discussions with trade body members as well as the four BJP MPs from the state.
The BJP leader said Shah would obtain feedback on the performance of party ministers from office-bearers as well as MLAs. On his itinerary for Saturday evening is a BJP core group meeting.
First Published: Apr 29, 2017 11:33 IST