BJP sources indicated that the party’s senior leadership at the Centre and in J&K did not see “encouraging signs” on the ground to extend the ceasefire, especially with security forces preparing to sanitise the routes for the Amarnath Yatra.
On Pakistan, Rajnath Singh said India wants good relations with all its neighbours. But Pakistan, he said, has to take the initiative to stop efforts being made at its soil to aid and promote terrorism.
“As far as Pakistan is concerned, it is our neighbouring country. We want good relations with all our neighbours,” Rajnath Singh told a press conference.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh assured them that five bullet-proof vehicles will be stationed in the region for use by the people living close to the border.
Pune police have claimed to have seized an email from one of the five people arrested for having alleged Maoist links. The email, police said, hinted at plans to assassinate Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” by “targeting his roadshows”.
Without taking names but alluding to the separatist leaders, Rajnath Singh, who arrived in Srinagar for a two day visit to review the law and order situation, said they should refrain from misleading the youth into violence.
Singh, who was on a two day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review arrangements for the annual Amarnath Yatra said the fate and face of Kahmir will be changed.
J&K encounter: Militants were likely trying to infiltrate the border when they were intercepted by security forces, who retaliated. An operation is underway.
Rajnath Singh would also review the situation along the Indo-Pak border, where cross-border firing led to the death of at least 20 people and evacuation of several thousand people this year.
During his visit, he would review the prevailing situation in the state, particularly in border areas and the restive Valley, which witnessed several incidents of violence in the recent past.
The assessment was conducted on the recent visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to J&K. On May 26, a week after Modi’s visit, Rajnath Singh offered to hold talks with Hurriyat, which sought more clarity on the terms.
“Unless we are able to address sentiments and bring down violence, it will be difficult to think about any political dialogue, any political solution.” Sharma said.
“We (people) have begun to say that Modi-care has gone far ahead of Obamacare,” Singh said at a press conference in Bhopal
The citizenship Bill is pending before a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and any move by the Centre will impact the outcome of deliberations being held by the JPC.
Assam has been witnessing protests against the Central government’s move to enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan who came to India due to religious persecution.