Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba may meet PM today to discuss unrest in Kashmir
The meeting, which PMO sources said is “possible”, also comes in the backdrop of tensions between the ruling alliance partners that escalated after last week’s elections to the legislative council brought the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) face-to-face with the BJP.india Updated: Apr 24, 2017 01:16 IST
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to discuss the volatile situation in the Valley, amid growing demand from the Opposition for imposition of governor’s rule in the state.
The meeting, which PMO sources said is “possible”, also comes in the backdrop of tensions between the ruling alliance partners that escalated after last week’s elections to the legislative council brought the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) face-to-face with the BJP.
A cross vote by an Independent legislator from Zanskar in Ladakh region helped the BJP trounce the PDP in a close finish. The PDP later accused the party of “betrayal” and “violating” the coalition dharma.
Mufti, who attended a NITI Aayog meeting in Delhi on Sunday, is also expected to meet home minister Rajnath Singh.
The Valley has been on the boil since the Lok Sabha bypolls in Srinagar on April 9, with clashes being witnessed between protesters and security forces.
During the meetings, Mehbooba will reiterate her demand for initiating a dialogue process with all stakeholders to restore peace in the state. The chief minister is also expected to raise the issue of assaults on some Kashmiri students in different parts of the country and an attack on a Muslim nomadic family, allegedly by VHP and Bajrang Dal activists in Jammu.
Meanwhile, upping its ante against the BJP, senior PDP leader and minister for education Altaf Bukhari issued a hard-hitting statement against the party’s pointsman on Kashmir, Ram Madhav, for his “everything is fair in love and war” statement.
“Is it a war declared against Kashmiris who, despite all odds, cast their votes reaffirming their belief in democracy? Or it is a war declared to satiate the sanguine electoral interests of a particular political party in the country?” Bukhari asked. The PDP minister said Madhav’s remarks had put pressure on the party, whose core constituency had eroded “significantly” due to “little action” on the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ (AoA) by the BJP.
(With inputs from Toufiq Rashid)
First Published: Apr 24, 2017 01:11 IST