New Delhi, June 19: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at his residence on Tuesday. The meeting followed hours after the BJP, in a sudden move, pulled out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. Accompanying the duo in the meeting was Special Secretary (Internal Security) Rina Mitra, Home Secretary and Joint Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. (Also read: What Next For Jammu And Kashmir)
Doval had met BJP chief Amit Shah earlier in the day, pointed out dnaindia.com. In the meeting, Doval is reported to have discussed security measures being taken in the trouble-torn state. The meeting with Rajnath is being as the Centre’s move to formulate a new Kashmir policy with the state now under Governor NN Vohra and the Army resuming its Operation All Out there.
Though Mehbooba Mufti reiterated how a ‘muscular policy’ won’t work in the state, many believe her government’s handling of the situation also wasn’t enough.
In the state elections in 2015, the BJP won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member Assembly. The two parties came together to form the government with an agenda of ‘reconciliation’, said Mufti. Now the state may be heading towards an early election. National Conference senior leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also said that the people of the state should be allowed to choose their government.
The Congress has also ruled out any tie-up with the PDP after the BJP pulled out of the ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the BJP had committed a “Himalayan blunder” by forming a government with the PDP. “The regional parties should have been allowed to form an alliance among themselves,” he said. The alliance has devastated the state, he said.