Mehbooba meets Rajnath amid debate over JK’s special status

New Delhi, Aug 10: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh amid reports that she had come to the national capital to drum up support for preventing attempts to remove special status to the state under the Constitution.
The meeting lasted for nearly 45 minutes, officials said without elaborating about the topics that were discussed.
The meeting comes in the backdrop of growing pressure on Mehbooba, who is caught in a catch-22 situation over the ongoing matter in the Supreme Court on revoking Article 35-A of the Constitution that grants special status to the State.
Earlier before dashing to the national capital, Mehbooba today called on Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here and briefed him about her Party’s views and the discussions which she has had with leaders of various political parties regarding threat to Article 35 A of the Constitution of India.
Governor and Mufti had extensive discussions on several other important issues, including the ongoing anti-terrorist operations, maintenance of law and order, establishing capacity and outreach for effective implementation of GST, present pace of tourist arrivals in the Valley, implementation of important development schemes and projects and functioning of the Universities.
Governor also discussed with Mufti his deep concern about the rapidly declining visual aspect of the Dal Lake and the schedule of timely elections to Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies.
Governor, who is the Chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, thanked Chief Minister for State Administration’s support in the successful conduct of this Year’s Yatra.