NN Vohra, Rajnath Singh discuss Valley, opening talks in J&K an option on Centre table

Although Governor’s rule has been imposed thrice during his two terms, Vohra is said to have conveyed that imposing it again without initiating any political dialogue would serve no purpose, given the situation in the Valley.

Written by Rahul Tripathi , Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Published:May 3, 2017 4:33 am
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With the Valley in turmoil and tension mounting on the Line of Control after a Pakistan Army border action team killed and mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers, J&K Governor N N Vohra met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday and urged New Delhi to consider initiating a dialogue process with the state’s mainstream political parties led by the National Conference and Congress which could later include the state BJP as well. The Indian Express has learnt that the Centre has been told that a decision on extending the dialogue process to possibly include separatist leaders, including those of the All Party Hurriyat Conference, could be taken at a later stage after the views of mainstream political parties, who have a historic stake in the state, have been shared with the government.

Although Governor’s rule has been imposed thrice during his two terms, Vohra is said to have conveyed that imposing it again without initiating any political dialogue would serve no purpose, given the situation in the Valley. The consultations with the 80-year Governor on how best to stem the violence and unrest came at a time when there is a sharp escalation in tensions on the LoC following the Pakistani attack, thereby shifting the attention towards options for a suitable Indian response. Besides the Home Minister, the Governor also held consultations with the heads of intelligence agencies, including Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain and Research and Analysis Wing chief Anil Dhasmana. A meeting between the Governor and Army chief General Bipin Rawat may also be scheduled.

Vohra has been in New Delhi for the past two days and is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Officials said the Governor’s meeting with the Home Minister was scheduled last week and was not linked to the LoC incident. They were said to have discussed issues like infiltration from across the border, activities of separatists and street protests by students, sources said. The rise in number of youths joining militancy also figured in the discussion. An intelligence official said there was agreement that dialogue would help shift the focus from the current youth unrest and that this has been pending since Rajnath Singh led an all-party delegation to Srinagar in September last year.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    May 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    Hope the BJP Govt. will not the same mistake which the then UPA Govt. had done by imposing Governor's rule and let the Political Leadership rule over the State and anything or everything should be done through the Political Leadership or whoever rules the State irrespective of the party that rules and it is better to take them into confidence and decide to bring back peace in the valley.
    1. Z
      May 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm
      Our frail defence minister must resign first & foremost. He should take moral responsibility as Feku government has miserably failed to contain terrorist activities. An ex-army general like v.k.Singh should be appointed in his place.
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        indian man
        May 3, 2017 at 10:05 am
        Sir India has 1.25 billion people. Why not send Hindus to Kashmir valley . Kashmir has about 75 Muslim, if we increase number of Hindus then there majority will fall. Then we can show to World that only Muslim are creating trouble in Kashmir.
        1. J
          May 3, 2017 at 10:42 am
          Wow 'Wot A Thought 'Beta Tu To Bohut Aage Jaye Ga...
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            Mohammad Aamir
            May 3, 2017 at 10:48 am
            I am not a communal minded every human being has a right to live anywhere in the world except in case of disputes.i think you forget article 370.
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              indian man
              May 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm
              Sir Right to live is different from right to create disturbances. Indian soldiers risk thier lives to protect people from outside attack and Kashmiri Muslim are throwing stones on them and supporting terrorists. Only because they have majority does not mean they will demand seperate land. I think you forgot right to respect and right to humanity..
            2. J
              May 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm
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