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J&K ministers say meeting Amit Shah in Delhi for 2019 elections

Security forces in the state suspended a unilateral ceasefire against militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2018 17:40 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Kashmir,Bharatiya Janata Party,People's Democratic Party
BJP president Amit Shah at his party headquarters in New Delhi on June 13, 2018. (Mohd Zakir/HT file photo)

Eleven Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers of the Jammu and Kashmir government will meet party president Amit Shah in Delhi on Tuesday for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and after security forces in the state suspended a unilateral ceasefire against militants.

“The party has to chalk out a strategy and that is why we have been requisitioned to Delhi,” said deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta said when he was asked about agenda of the meeting. The BJP governs the state along with the People’s Democratic Party, but their alliance strained in April after the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Muslim community of Bakarwals in Jammu’s Kathua district.

Two BJP ministers in the state government led by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti were dropped in a cabinet reshuffle after they took part in a rally demanding that the Central Bureau of Investigation take over the Kathua case.

Shah’s meeting with the state BJP leaders comes after the central government announced on Sunday said it was discontinuing the suspension of military operations in Jammu and Kashmir as the holy Islamic month of Ramzan was over, and announced the full resumption of cordon-and-search and search-and-destroy operations in the state to prevent terror attacks. The ceasefire – the first such truce in the troubled state in more than 17 years – had been announced at the appeal of chief minister Mufti.

First Published: Jun 19, 2018 10:58 IST