In the wake of the turbulent atmosphere in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to discuss the situation and possibly formulate a solution.
Following the meeting, Mufti said she discussed with Modi the record low turnout in the recently held Srinagar by polls, and the security situation in the state.
She added that Modi ‘repeatedly said’ that he would follow in the footsteps of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who pursued a policy of reconciliation instead of confrontation.
Besides meeting the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister will also meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Upon Mufti’s invitation, Prime Minister Modi on Sunday suggested that other states should organize events in Jammu and Kashmir and urged them to reach out to the students from the Valley studying in other states.
According to a statement issued by Niti Aayog, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “seconded the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister’s suggestion that states should take interest in the students from her state who are studying in other states”.
“He urged states to reach out to these students from time to time,” the statement said.
With the Jammu and Kashmir Government led by Mufti drawing sharp criticism in wake of the recent unrest in the Valley, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav earlier on Friday held a meeting with Finance Minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Haseeb Drabu to discuss the future strategy.
The meeting assumed significance as the BJP is a coalition partner of the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP leaders Avinash Rai Khanna and Satpal Sharma were also among those who attended the meeting held at the BJP office here.
Stone pelting incidents have increased manifold in the region since the BJP-PDP Government came to power in 2015.
The issue of Kashmir unrest also featured in the BJP’s core group meeting headed by Prime Minister Modi a couple of days ago.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who won the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency by-poll on has demanded that Governor’s rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir as the state government had failed to ensure a peaceful election.
Slamming the BJP-PDP Government in the Valley, National Conference’s working president Omar Abdullah has questioned the handling of students’ protests.
Eight people were killed in clashes during the by-election in Anantnag last week.
The violence prompted the Election Commission to postpone voting.
Last week, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat apprised National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of the security situation in Kashmir.
Rawat’s meeting with Doval on April 16 came a day after he had separate deliberations with Chief Minister Mufti and Governor N.N. Vohra over the law and order situation in Kashmir during his visit to the state.
As many as 411 stone-pelting incidents have been reported in the Kashmir Valley from October 2016 to March 2017.