Mehbooba formally conveys CBMs to Ram Madhav
As this is not a one man decision here to accept all the demands, Return of two power projects to the State is an issue with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Piyush Goel but, according to sources, this is such a sensitive issue that it can’t be decided by Goel alone and a call on it can be taken up by the Union Cabinet alone.
Vacation of land under Army occupation is another sensitive issue, which has to be decided by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar but, sources said, he too would go by the advice of Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and other stake holders.
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu has to take call on increasing number of one smart city given to Jammu and Kashmir to two but, according to sources, this is the easiest of the CBMs, which the Centre can take just like the case of Central Universities and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Initially, only one CU and AIIMS were given to the State but following agitation in Jammu, their number was raised to two.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have to take call on economic package for the people of the State including that for September 2014 flood victims.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, who flew to Srinagar yesterday for a brief visit and held talks with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, hoped that the alliance formed in March last year would continue on the basis of “previous arrangement”.
“Talks were positive…. I hope there will be continuation of previous arrangement,” he said.
Madhav denied a media report which said that BJP has agreed to revoke AFSPA from some areas of Kashmir on trial basis, claiming that there has been no discussion on it with Mehbooba. On his talks with Mehbooba yesterday, Madhav said this was the first detailed discussion between the two parties over the Government formation. He said he had conveyed to her that the Government under her late father was running well on the basis of the Common Minimum Programme and BJP wanted the arrangement to continue. There will be more clarity after the meeting of PDP leaders with BJP leadership, He noted that had the alliance Government would have completed one year in March if it had continued Madhav added.