Patil Discusses Kashmir With PM

29 June 2008
Statesman News Service

New Delhi: In view of the current political crisis in Kashmir after the PDP pulled out support, the Union home minister, Mr Shivraj Patil, briefed the Prime Minister on the possible courses the Centre could take to tackle the situation. The Prime Minister discussed the issue with his senior colleagues and asked the home minister and defence minister to keep a close watch on the situation. Dr Singh reviewed the law and order situation in the state, and took details from the home minister on the situation arising out of the continued protests in the state. The Congress-led coalition government in Kashmir, already facing a tough time due to the continuous violence, had its problems further compounded after the junior coalition partner PDP joined the clamour against the transfer of the forest land and pulled out of the government, reducing it to a minority. On the other hand, speaking in Srinagar, the chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad claimed he had the requisite numbers in the state Assembly to complete his full term in office. “My government will complete its full term till 2 November,” Mr Azad told reporters. He claimed he had the support of more than the required number of MLAs in the state Assembly and his government was not in any danger. Meanwhile, the resignations of all the PDP ministers have been accepted by Governor NN Vohra. The BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi meanwhile asked the Centre to rush adequate para-military forces to Jammu and Kashmir to contain the situation there and declared that any surrender to “separatists and anti-national forces” on Amarnath land transfer issue would spark nationwide protests. The BJP together with the VHP has called a shutdown call in Jammu tomorrow and demanded the removal of Amarnath shrine board chairman and state Governor NN Vohra after the board gave up its claim on the forest land allotted to it.