Kashmir unrest: All eyes on crucial Modi-Mufti meet; BJP denies differences with PDP

In the wake of the current turbulent atmosphere in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to discuss the situation and possibly formulate a solution. Besides her meeting with 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 organise events in Jammu and Kashmir and urged them to reach out to the students from the Valley studying in other states.

The meeting also comes in the backdrop of recent bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency which witnessed massive violence and the lowest turnout ever.

In the bypoll, the PDP also lost the seat to National Conference, just in nearly three years after the 2014 general elections.

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.

Meanwhile, the BJP said there were no differences between coalition partners in Jammu and Kashmir and the state government was “working well”.

“As far as the coalition is concerned, there are no differences among partners. The PDP-BJP government is working well. Everyone is performing his or her task. The chief minister is engaged in daily work… so are ministers and the deputy chief minister. There is no tension,” state BJP unit chief Sat Sharma told reporters.

PDP had earlier accused the BJP of betraying it in the council elections, in which an associate member of the PDP voted in favour of the BJP candidate on assurance of a post.

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