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4. All-Party delegation to Kashmir to comprise of prominent Muslim Leaders
Finance minister Arun Jaitley and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan may accompany Rajnath Singh and others in the 35-member all-party delegation to Jammu & Kashmir on September 4.
Government sources said the names of 26 representatives from different parties were received for the delegation.
Paswan was part of a similar delegation which had visited the valley in 2010 and had met Hurriyat leaders, inlcuding Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Others likely to be part of the delegation are Congress leader and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury , JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, CPI’s D Raja, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav and BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra.
The government also plans to send a delegation of prominent Muslim leaders to the state as part of an unofficial peace initiative.
Muslim leaders from across the country had met home minister Rajnath Singh twice and expressed willingness to visit J&K. Sources said Singh conveyed to these leaders that they were free to visit any place and if their trip to the valley helped bring peace, it would be welcome.
5. No Change in Jammu and Kashmir Governor, NN Vohra to Stay
The Centre is not planning to shift out Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, top sources in the Government said on Wednesday, putting to rest speculation on an immediate change of guard in the strife-hit state.
“There is no question of changing the governor right now. An all-party delegation is scheduled to visit Kashmir and focus of the government is currently there,” the source told CNN-News18.
It was speculated that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his recent visit to the Valley that Governor Vohra was part of the problem and sought his removal. Reports said she repeated the request when she met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital.
A Home Ministry official in the know of what was discussed at the meeting between the two said, “No such demand was raised by the CM.”
Former home secretary Anil Baijal was reportedly the front runner for the post of JK governor. Other names that were doing the rounds for the job were former Uttarakhand CM BC Khanduri ,and Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, who earlier commanded an Army Corps in J&K.
6. Mob attacks PDP lawmaker’s house in Kashmir’s Kulgam, sets ablaze guard quarters
A mob on Wednesday attacked the house of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nazir Ahmad Laway, setting on fire the guard’s quarters in the premises in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Police said Laway, a Rajya Sabha member, and his family were not in the house when it was attcked. Superintendent of Police Kulgam, Mohammad Arshad said that the protesters set ablaze the quarters which housed the police personnel who guard the house of the Parliamentarian. “The quarters were completely gutted,” Arshad said.
He said that the guards did not fire at the mob to avoid any loss of life.