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Home Minister in Srinagar for a day-long visit


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reached Srinagar on Tuesday to review the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, specifically in the Valley and along the India-Pakistan border, an official said.

“Heading to Srinagar on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Shall review the security situation and important initiatives taken in the state,” the Minister tweeted before leaving the national capital.

Apart from chairing a high-level security review meeting, the minister will also be interacting with some political delegations.

He will meet Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhawan along with senior officials from civil administration, police and security forces and assess the prevailing situation in the state.

This is Rajnath Singh’s first visit to the Kashmir Valley after governor’s rule was imposed in June and comes on the heels of the urban local body election results on October 20.

Two key political parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that have been the ruling BJP’s alliance at the centre and state at different times had boycotted both the urban and the upcoming panchayat polls.

He was expected to meet leaders of political parties and representatives of some civil society groups.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under the governor’s rule after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti resigned as chief minister following the withdrawal of support by the Bharatiya Janata Party.