Governor NN Vohra seeks cooperation of all parties to restore peace in Kashmir
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Governor NN Vohra seeks cooperation of all parties to restore peace in Kashmir

NN Vohra ‘s appeal came after the first all party meeting with politicians after governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2018 10:38 IST
Mir Ehsan
Mir Ehsan
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Governor NN Vohra with National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah during an all party meeting with the former at Raj Bhawan, in Srinagar on June 22, 2018. (PTI)

Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra sought the cooperation of political parties on Friday to restore normalcy in the state which has been put under governor’s rule.

Vohra held a meeting with leaders of nine mainstream political parties at Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in the evening to discuss the current political and security situation in the state.

The meeting, first with politicians after governor’s rule was imposed in the state, lasted over two hours.

An official spokesman said the governor discussed security, development, the Amarnath Yatra and the political scenario in the state and sought cooperation from all stakeholders for “the restoration of peace in the state, to enable speeding up of developmental activities”.

The governor urged the leaders to motivate the state’s youth to shun violence and concentrate on education and careers, the spokesman said.

The PDP was represented by party general secretary Mohammad Dilawar Mir, the BJP by its former president Sat Sharma and chief spokesman Sunil Sharma and the Congress by its state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir.

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah conveyed to the governor that if no political party could form the government, he should push for dissolution of the assembly.

Congress’s Mir said he had asked the governor to restore confidence among the people and ensure that governance is felt on the ground. In this regard, he sought formation of advisory councils, comprising members of civil society, at district and tehsil levels.

The BJP delegation asked the governor that legislators should be involved to maintain bridge between people and the government. However, other parties opposed the suggestion, and asked why the governor’s rule was imposed in the state.

President of Democratic Nationalist Party and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir said he told the governor that his rule gave the impression that people will have to face hard policies and tough government.

“I conveyed to the governor that he should be neutral and bridge the trust deficit which has created a vacuum in the state.”

In the past few days, governor Vohra has chaired several meetings with top administrative, police and army officials.

Although his term is coming to an end this month, there is a possibility that he will get extension for a few months considering the present situation, according to sources.

Vohra has been the governor of the state since 2008 and this is the fourth time that the state has come under governor’s rule under him.

Earlier, former J&K chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti also called on the governor and referred to certain important issues, relating to the development of the state, which could not be finalised during her tenure and urged him to consider the same for early decisions.

First Published: Jun 22, 2018 21:35 IST