Madhav and Mehbooba’s secret meeting earlier this week
Srinagar, Sept 22: Ram Madhav, Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary, flew to Jammu and Kashmir from the North-East earlier this week to hold a meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Sources and reports in the media say that the focus of this media was on the ‘Agenda of Alliance’, the lack of working on which has been blamed as the reason behind the unrest in Kashmir valley.
According to sources, almost no one knew about the meeting between the two top functionaries from the BJP and the PDP, the two parties commonly governing the state.
The sources also added that the Chief Minister had invited Ram Madhav for this meeting to discuss ‘some state issues’.
This one on one meeting was a first after Ram after the unrest erupted in Kashmir on July 8. The BJP Party general Secretary had twice stitched the BJP-PDP alliance in J&K in 2014 and later post the death of former chief minister Mufti Sayeed in 2015.
This meeting happened on Monday in the backdrop of the whole nation coming to terms with the ‘fidayeen’ attack on an Army base in Uri. Not much is known about the details of the meeting except that the centre of gravity was normalcy and restoration of peace.
It was underlined that New Delhi and Srinagar needed to speak and walk in unison regarding J&K and march on the path of implementing the Agenda of Alliance so that people could repose faith in the state’s governance.
The sources said there was a feeling in the public that the Kashmir unrest had affected the working of the government and its institutions. It was agreed at the meeting that an immediate way should be found to tackle the unrest and restore peace and normal life in the Valley.
With people feeling suffocated by the current situation, the sources said, it was agreed upon by both leaders that the Centre and the state would have to work hand in hand. Ram Madhav left Srinagar in the first flight on Tuesday morning.