Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav today met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar.
Earlier this week, Mufti met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and assured that within two-three months the situation in the Valley would definitely improve.
“In a period of two-three months, you will see a changed Jammu and Kashmir. Next few months are really crucial for us. We will first restore the normalcy, than we will talk. This issue is as old as 70 years,” Mufti said.
Mufit further appealed to the media to help in restoring peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We will also hold talks regarding the Whatsapp groups,” Mufti stated.
Mufti asserted that the ruling dispensation at the Centre must follow the footsteps of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and reach out to the disillusioned and angry youth so as to restore a peaceful atmosphere for governance.
Talking to the media after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mehbooba said a conducive atmosphere was required for talks and governance.
“We must start from where Vajpayee ji left… Modi ji has repeatedly said that he would follow the footsteps of Vajpayee ji, whose policy was of reconciliation, not confrontation. There is no option but to talk,” she asserted.
The Chief Minister also said that she discussed the recent by-polls to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, which witnessed large-scale violence and the lowest turnout ever.
“I discussed the issue of less voting percentage in the recent elections and security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with Prime Minister Modi,” she said.
Mehbooba’s PDP lost the seat in the by-polls to National Conference.
The meeting comes in the wake of recent incidents of violence, including the clashes between security forces and civilians during the Srinagar by-elections. (ANI)