PM may hold talks with separatists during Valley visit

PM may hold talks with separatists during Valley visit

Srinagar, October 24: Speculations are being made that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi might invite separatists to hold talks during his visit to the state in November. This will be PM’s first visit to the valley after the PDP-BJP coalition government took over in March this year.

The first indication for the likely talks with separatists was given by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during a party meeting on Wednesday.

During the party meeting on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has made the statement “PM’s public rally would be an important event like that of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and I am hopeful that the PM’s upcoming visit would open a new chapter in the state and the Agenda of the alliance would get a push.”

The Agenda of the Alliance between two parties PDP-BJP was to engage with separatist leaders which the BJP at the Centre had been ruling out since the formation of government in the state.

But now, the circle of PDP ministers in hoping that the Prime Minister’s visit to the valley will pick up the threads of the initiative taken by Vajpayee. Pertinently, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan and dialogue with people of Jammu and Kashmir during a public rally in Srinagar in 2003.

“The PM’s visit has raised our hopes. He should resume the efforts initiated by Vajpayee. This is in the interest of the subcontinent and also J&K. We hope that the PM will also invite separatists for talks as there is no alternative to dialogue”, said a senior PDP leader.

Chief spokesman of the PDP Mehboob Beig said the party also expected the Agenda of the Alliance to get a push during the PM’s visit.

Although no official announcements have been made yet but the Prime Minister is expected to visit the state on November 07.

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