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Mehbooba wants Modi to do what Vajpayee did in Kashmir


NEW DELHI: Pitching for an early start to a dialogue process with people of valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seize the opportunity created by the unrest to “win the hearts” of the masses and solve their problems, the way Atal Bihari Vajpayee did.

Emerging from a two-hour meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh with whom she discussed the situation in the Valley, large parts of which have been under curfew for over a month now, Mehbooba told reporters that the Modi Government had a huge mandate.

“I am hopeful that the Prime Minister will take this as an opportunity to initiate dialogue with people in Jammu and Kashmir to address their problems. There is a need to take the same initiative of winning hearts of people, which was taken during (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji's tenure,” she told reporters here.

The meeting was called by Singh to review the situation in the State and Mehbooba was asked to participate in the meeting which was attended by Minister Manohar Parikar, Security Advisor A K Doval and other senior officials of Home, Defence and Finance ministries.

A top official in Home Minister's office said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was also present in the meeting. Ms Mufti who left for New Delhi this afternoon to meet the Home Minister, briefed the situation to him for an immediate solution to the unrest in the Valley.

The meeting took place on a day when the issue of continued curfew in the Valley echoed in Parliament. Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir and demanded an all all-party meeting to discuss it as the state enters its second month of curfew amid more deaths.

The principal opposition Congress said in the House that the situation prevailing in the state could no longer be put down simply as a “law and order issue” and wondered why Prime Ministe Narendra Modi was still silent.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “It's been 30 days of curfew. All work has come to a standstill at the Secretariat and other government offices. Has there ever been a situation of 30 days curfew in a state after we got Independence in 1947?”

He quoted services data to claim that more than 8,000 people have been injured, of which 410 have undergone eye surgeries.  “At least 1,000 young boys are in jail. It is a very grave situation. So I request government not take it as just a law and order problem. The problem is political, developmental and regional,” said Azad in his concluding in the Upper House as he called on the Prime Minister to chair a meeting of all political parties.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi however said the central government was willing to discuss the crisis and that there should be “no doubt” of the establishment's “commitment” to the state.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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