Modi Gave Rs 1.75 Lakh Crore to AP, Says Amit Shah

The BJP chief Amit Shah has claimed that the Modi government gave Rs 1.75 lakh crore to AP government in the last three years, besides giving 10 Central institutions, which was a record in the history of the state.

Amaravati: BJP National President Amit Shah, who addressed the party workers on Thursday, claimed that the Central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave Rs 1.75 lakh crore to the Andhra Pradesh government in the last three years. He said the Modi government also cleared more than a dozen Central government institutions like IIT, NIT, and AIIMS, making a record after Independence.

Shah addressed a huge gathering of the party booth level committee members and said that the meeting was the beginning of the BJP’s victory in the state. He said that Vijayawada, the land of victory that had given Pasupatha to Arjun from Lord Shiva, would give power to BJP shortly. Holding a six-page document in his hand, Amit Shah said that all the six pages contained the funds and projects given to Andhra Pradesh by the Modi government in the last three years. He further said that the list would go a long way in the years to come with the Modi government treating AP as a special state.

The BJP chief also referred to the popular demand of Special Category Status to the state and said that the BJP government at the Center was giving more benefits to the state in the form of special package than what was expected to the state through Special Category Status. He further alleged that the Congress, which divided the state, did not mention the special category status in the Bifurcation Act. The 14th Finance Commission, which was constituted by the UPA government also recommended against special category status because of which the NDA government had to go for the special package, he reiterated.

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US To Host Modi Later This Month

Though Modi had visited the US thrice during Obama’s regime, this would be his first visit under Trump Administration.

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosted by the US in Washington later this month. The State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told media,” We look forward to having Indian Prime Minister here in Washington- I believe it’s later this month.”

Modi would be travelling to Washington at the invitation of US President Donald Trump for a meeting at the White House later this month. However, the actual dates of the meeting are yet to be announced.

It would be Modi’s first trip to the US under the Trump regime. The two leaders are said to have spoken over the phone for at least three times.

Modi visited the US during previous Obama Administration and had a record number of eight meetings with Barack Obama.  While Modi visited Washington three times, Obama made a historic trip to India as chief guest at the Republic Day celebration in 2015.

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Nitish Attends Modi’s Luncheon, Opposition Jittery

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the lunch hosted by the latter for Mauritius Prime Minister in Delhi on Saturday giving raise to renewed rumours.

New Delhi:  Giving a big jolt to his alliance partners Congress and RJD, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar attended the luncheon arranged by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While he skipped the luncheon meeting organised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi for opposition leaders on Friday, he met Prime Minister in the capital the next day itself, giving scope for a lot of speculations and rumours.

The prime minister hosted a lunch for his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth and invited Nitish for it.

Nitish sent the senior leader of the party Sharad Yadav as his representative for Gandhi’s luncheon, and on Saturday chose to attend PM’s lunch personally.

The speculations that started on Friday afternoon about the future of opposition unity and Mahghatbandhan in Bihar are still continuing unabated.

The Friday lunch was attended by leaders belonging to 17 opposition parties. The aim of this meeting was said to be finalising candidate for the upcoming Presidential polls.

A politician with a clean image, Nitish is considered pivotal to opposition unity after Sonia. But, he skipping the lunch hosted by her raised many eyebrows.

Analysts are saying that Nitish is embarrassed with a spate of scandals that are coming out every day against Lalu and family and is keeping quiet as he did not want to directly fall into the hands of BJP, with which he had been keeping a distance for the past seven years.

However, Nitish tried to downplay the whole episode saying that since he already met Sonia Gandhi and has telephonic talks with prominent leaders of other parties,  he had decided to attend PM’s lunch.

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Veerappa Moily Lambasts Modi For Not According Special Status To AP

Former Union Minister Veerappa Moily lambasted Modi Government for not keeping important promises like Special Category Status and Railway Zone in Andhra Pradesh.

Visakhapatnam: Former Union Minister and Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily said on Thursday that the BJP government at Centre caused injustice to Andhra Pradesh by not according special status to the state. The resolution adopted in the Parliament under UPA’s regime to grant special status has now been thrown to winds by BJP government. The Centre even did not grant a special railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters, he criticized. The criticism came in the wake of the BJP national president Amith shah’s assertion that Prime Minister Modi extended Rs.1.75 lakh crore to Andhra Pradesh at Maha Sammelan in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Even after three years in the power, the Modi government failed to bring about progress in the country, he alleged. In 2015 alone about 12,000 farmers committed suicide having not received any loans from the banks. “The Centre has failed to lend a hand to the farm and industrial sectors. Modi boasts himself that his is corruption-free government. Could not he see the scams in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Arunachal Pradesh where BJP is in power?” he asked. About 60,000 workers in the unorganized sector could not get employment on any day in 2017, he stated. The government failed in every sector including external affairs. Relations with Nepal and Bhutan were strained. At home, the administration went into the hands of Sangh Parivar, he maintained.

The demonetization did not derive any benefit. The banks had a lowest ever turnover in the past sixty years, he added. The Reserve Bank of India has now reached a stage that itcould not survive without imposing taxes on money transactions, he ridiculed.

Exuding confidence that Congress would come back to power in the 2019 elections, he said that the party would come back to throne like a rising tide. Senior leaders KVP Ramachandra Rao, Dronamraju Srinivas and Vatti Vasantha Kumar accompanied him. Former Union Minister

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Modi Opens Strategic Bhupen Hazarika Bridge Between Assam, Arunachal

The 9.5 KM long Dhola-Sadiya Bhupen Hazarika bridge inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on Friday will help India protect Arunachal Pradesh from Chinese incursions besides reducing traveling time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by four hours.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated what is billed as a strategic bridge- called the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge- at Sadiya in Tinsukia district of Assam on Friday. The 9.5 kilometre long bridge was built with ₹ 2056 crore on river Lohit in the eastern most tip of Assam connecting Arunachal Pradesh.

After the launch, which has taken place on the completion of the three-year rule of NDA government at the Centre, Modi walked a short distance over it. The bridge was named after legendary Bollywood playback singer and lyricist Bhupen Hazarika, he announced.

The bridge will reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by four hours.

The three-lane bridge was built in such a way that it could accommodate movement of battle tanks, tropps and artillery.

As China has been making advances on several fronts on and off, India can now deploy its troops at vital installations and the movement through the bridge will make it easier for the army to carry out its operations. This can cause China a bit of worry.

According to Defence sources, China infiltrated deep into Indian territory- up to 20 kilometres- and several times it reached Chaglagam in Anjaw district. India could not respond due to circuitous road network as well as lack of proper way to take tanks to the border posts. Till now, the army troops can enter Arunachal through Tejpur in Assam which takes two days to reach the border areas of Arunachal. Now with the launch of the bridge, they can go in few hours and will have wider access to the border. The tanks can also go directly to the destined positions.

India has already made attempts to give a befitting reply to Chinese advances by landing several fighter planes close to the border areas. With the launch of this bridge, India can challenge the Chinese infiltration, sources said.

“This is not just Assam’s pride, but the country’s pride” Mr Modi said.

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Non-NDA Presidential Candidate To Be Finalised At Opposition Dinner

By uniting the opposition parties and fielding a unanimous candidate the Opposition leaders wants to build up pressure on Modi.

New Delhi: The grand old party is trying hard to secure its identity as a national party. As Prine Minister Narendra Modi is gaining strength day by day and It is capturing State after State, all the opposition parties including the Congress are getting demoralised. In this context, in order  to unite all the opposition parties Congress president Sonia Gandhi is hosting a dinner on Friday for all the opposition leaders. West Bengal and Bihar Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and others will be attending the dinner which is arranged in the Parliament house.

The interesting part is that he Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal did not receive any invitation from Sonia.  While Sonia and others are fighting unitedly against NDA in the Centre, not inviting Kejriwal who literally hates Modi is something strange. Meanwhile, sources say that as Kejriwal has not participated in any programme held by opposition parties against NDA government, he is not invited for the dinner.

According to Congress sources, the Presidential candidate of opposition will be finalised during this dinner meeting. The opposition parties are determined to field a unanimous candidate for the President post. By uniting the opposition parties and fielding a unanimous candidate they want to build up pressure on Modi. All the leaders who will be attending the dinner received a personal invitation. It is learnt that Sonia personally called many leaders including Communist leaders to attend the dinner.

Now, it is to be seen what will be the consequences of this dinner diplomacy and how it will impact.

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Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra today and dedicated the institution to Mahatma Gandhi.

We have been hearing for years that well-educated and qualified people from India go abroad and settle there and this was termed as “Brain Drain”. The perception can change from “Brain Drain” to “Brain Gain” if Indians worldwide are seen as power rather than numbers.

‘Mahatma Gandhi is inspiration for NRIs.’
PM Modi said Mahatma Gandhi left the country, but the call of the nation forced him to return. There can be no greater inspiration for many Indians across the world. This incidence of Mahatma’s birth makes all Indians worldwide realize the real meaning of connect with India.

Almost 2.75 crore Indian people are across the world either of Indian origin or NRIs. Indians can be found everywhere across all the 150 countries and even the countries which are not in the map.

‘The power of NRIs equals the power of a river’
Modi said that water keeps flowing in a river but we need damn to generate energy from the same water. Similarly, Indians across the world possess the same potential as river but we need to create a mechanism to use that potential and to spread prosperity across the country.

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Karnataka CM to meet PM

Bangaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow in Delhi. The CM has sought appointment with the PM.

Talking to media persons earlier in the day, Siddaramaiah said releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu is a huge blow to Karnataka. The venomous rivalry between the two neighbors over Cauvery waters has resulted in avoidable violence.

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‘Give Me One Chance’: Mehbooba Mufti

NEW DELHI: Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti made an emotional appeal to all the protesters in the Kashmir valley on Saturday to give her “one chance” to meet all their concerns. She reminded them that she had been in office for only two months now.

She sought the help of the separatists of the Hurriyat Conference (All Parties Hurriyat Conference is an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organizations formed on March 9, 1993 as a political front to raise the cause of Kashmiri independence) in ending violent protests in the state, after a meeting with PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

“Everyone wants the bloodshed to stop. But dialogue can only happen with those who want it. I appeal to all the Hurriyat to help me in getting peace back on the streets of the Kashmir valley,” J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said. Mehbooba restated her views that violence is created and followed by only 5 percent of people as the majority of population is keen on maintaining peace in the valley.

Ms Mufti presented a ‘three point plan’ to de-escalate tensions in the Kashmir Valley in a good 45 minutes meeting with the PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi as news reports suggest. “Instead of helping to set things right in the Kashmir Valley, Pakistan has been trying to provoke. It has let go a golden opportunity when Rajnath Singh was in Islamabad. Modiji took the initiative. He went to Lahore. Now Pakistan has to come forward. I am sure that PM Modiji will not forget to find a long lasting solution to the Kashmir valley issue”, Mehbooba said.

Kashmir has been under curfew for the last 50 days since the protest have started over the killing of terrorist, Burhan Wani, in July. Around 60 people are dead since then and over 11,000 people have been injured in the clashes which include 7,000 civilians and 4,000 security personnel in the Kashmir Valley according to the sources.

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Modi urges to use clay idols during Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja

New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi was speaking during his Mann Ki Baat programme – a monthly radio address where he raises issues of national importance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged those celebrating Ganesh and Durga Puja to think about the environment and ensure they celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly manner.

“Why should we not go back to our tradition of using clay for making idols? Eco-friendly Ganesh Festival is another form of social service,” Modi said, advising people not to use idols made out of plaster of paris as they are harmful to the environment.

“A lot of people are writing about Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja in the context of environmental damage… they are concerned about the pollution that such idols cause,” the Prime Minister said.

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ప్రధాని బెలూచీ ప్రస్తావనను అధికారులు వ్యతిరేకించారా?

న్యూఢిల్లీ: ప్రధాని నరేంద్ర మోడీ ఆగస్టు 15 స్వాతంత్ర్య దినోత్సవం సందర్భంగా ఎర్రకోట బురుజులనుంచి చేసిన ప్రసంగంలో బెలూచిస్తాన్ గురించి ప్రస్తావించి జాతీయ, అంతర్జాతీయ రాజకీయ పరిశీలకులను ఆశ్చర్య పరిచారు. పాకిస్తాన్ లోని బెలూచిస్తాన్ చాలాకాలంగా అశాంతి, అలజడుల కింద నలుగుతోంది. అక్కడ పాకిస్థాన్ భద్రతా బలగాలు పెద్ద ఎత్తున మానవ హక్కుల ఉల్లంఘనకు పాల్పడుతున్నట్టు చిరకాలంగా వింటూనే ఉన్నాం. అక్కడి అలజడి వెనుక భారత్ హస్తం ఉన్నట్టు పాకిస్తాన్ చేస్తున్న ఆరోపణ కూడా కొత్తది కాదు. నిరాధారమైన ఆరోపణలు చేయడంలో పాక్ అందరి కంటే నాలుగాకులు ఎక్కువే చదివిందన్న సంగతి కొత్తగా చెప్పుకోనవసరం లేదు.

స్వాతంత్ర్య దినోత్సవం సందర్భంగా భారత ప్రధానమంత్రి నోట బెలూచిస్తాన్ మాట వినిపించడమే కొత్త విషయం. బెలూచిస్తాన్ లో జరుగుతున్న మానవ హక్కుల ఉల్లంఘనను ప్రపంచం దృష్టికి తెస్తున్నందుకు తనను అక్కడి ప్రజలు అభినందిస్తున్నారని ప్రధాని తన ప్రసంగంలో వ్యాఖ్యానించారు. స్వాతంత్ర్య దినోత్సవం అనే ఒక అతి ముఖ్యమైన జాతీయ ఉత్సవ సందర్భంలో ప్రధాని అంతటి వ్యక్తి పొరుగు దేశాన్ని ఇరుకున పెట్టే ఒక కొత్త ప్రస్తావన చేయడం సహజంగానే దేశీయంగా, అంతర్దేశీయంగా కూడా కీలకమైన ఒక రాజకీయ సందేశం ఇస్తుంది. మన దేశం ఇంతకాలం పాక్ జరిపే ఉగ్రవాద పూరిత విద్రోహ చర్యలకు, ముసుగు యుద్ధాలకు లక్ష్యంగా ఉంటూ వచ్చింది. అది బాధక దేశంగా మనం బాధిత దేశంగా ఉంటూ వచ్చాం. అందుకు భిన్నంగా ఇప్పుడు ప్రధాని తన బెలూచిస్తాన్ ప్రస్తావన ద్వారా దెబ్బకు దెబ్బ తీస్తామన్న సందేశాన్ని పాకిస్తాన్ కు స్పష్టంగా ఇచ్చారు. పాకిస్తాన్ విషయంలో మనం ఇంతకాలం అనుసరిస్తున్న విధానంలో మౌలికమైన మార్పును ఈ ప్రస్తావన పట్టి చూపింది.

ఇంతకీ ప్రధాని ఇలా బెలూచిస్తాన్ గురించి ప్రస్తావించడం మంచిదా, కాదా అన్న చర్చ వెంటనే తలెత్తింది. దానిపై రెండు రకాల అభిప్రాయాలూ వ్యక్తమయ్యాయి. విదేశాంగవిధానంలో, దౌత్య వ్యవహారాలలో తల పండిన వాళ్లలోనూ కొందరు సమర్ధిస్తే కొందరు తప్పు పట్టారు. ప్రధాని ఆ ప్రస్తావన చేసిన తర్వాత మన జాతీయ మీడియాలో బెలూచిస్తాన్ లో జరుగుతున్న మానవ హక్కుల ఉల్లంఘన వార్తలు, వీడియోలు ప్రముఖంగా రావడమూ మొదలైంది. ఇప్పటికిప్పుడు చెప్పాలంటే మోడీ ప్రభుత్వం ఈ విషయంలో సాహసోపేతమైన రాజకీయ వైఖరి తీసుకుంది. అయితే ఇది కలిసొచ్చే వ్యూహమా కాదా అన్నది ఇప్పుడే అంచనా వేయలేని విధంగా పరిస్థితి ప్రవాహ స్థితిలోనే ఉంది. కలసివస్తే నిస్సందేహంగా అది ప్రధాని ఇమేజ్ ను జాతీయంగా, అంతర్జాతీయంగా కూడా పెంచుతుంది.

ఆయా పరిణామాల పట్ల రాజకీయ స్పందనలకు, అధికారుల స్పందనలకు సహజంగానే తేడా ఉంటుంది. ప్రధాని స్వాతంత్ర్య దినోత్సవ ప్రసంగం వంటి కీలక సందర్భంలో బెలూచిస్తాన్ ప్రస్తావన చేయచ్చా, చేయకూడదా అనే విషయంలో ముందస్తు చర్చ జరిగినట్టు తాజా వార్తలు వెల్లడిస్తున్నాయి. ప్రసంగ పాఠం తయారు చేసేముందు ప్రధాని స్వయంగా అధికారులతోనూ, మంత్రివర్గంలోని పలువురు సహచరులతోనూ సమావేశమైనట్టు ఆ వార్తలు వెల్లడించాయి. బెలూచిస్తాన్ గురించి మాట్లాడడం మంచిదే కానీ, స్వాతంత్ర్య దినోత్సవ సందర్భాన్ని అందుకు వేదిక చేసుకోవడం మంచిది కాదని కొందరు సీనియర్ అధికారులు అన్నట్టు ఆ వార్తలు తెలిపాయి. అయితే హోమ్ మంత్రి రాజ్ నాథ్ సింగ్, రక్షణ మంత్రి మనోహర్ పారికర్ మాత్రం ప్రధాని ప్రసంగంలో బెలూచిస్తాన్ ప్రస్తావన ఉండి తీరవలసిందే నని వాదించినట్టు సమాచారం.

ఈ విధంగా రాజకీయ విజ్ఞతకు, అధికార యంత్రాంగపు విజ్ఞతకు మధ్య ఈ వ్యవహారం పోటీగా మారినట్టు అర్థమవుతోంది.

ప్రధాని రాజకీయవిజ్ఞత వైపే మొగ్గు చూపారు. చివరికి ఎవరి విజ్ఞతను గెలుపు వరిస్తుందన్నది ప్రస్తుతానికి అకడమిక్ ప్రశ్న మాత్రమే. పాకిస్తాన్ ను కట్టడి చేయడం ఇప్పుడు మనముందు ఉన్న కీలక సవాలు. ప్రసంగ పాఠం పై అధికారులతో ప్రధాని సమావేశం గురించి, అధికారులు పలువురు బెలూచిస్తాన్ ప్రస్తావనను వ్యతిరేకించడం గురించి విదేశీ వ్యవహారాలు, రక్షణ, హోమ్ మంత్రిత్వ శాఖలను వివరణ కోరినప్పుడు అవి స్పందించలేదని కూడా వార్తలు వెల్లడించాయి. నిజానికి ఇందులో వాళ్ళు కొత్తగా ధ్రువీకరించాల్సింది ఏమీ లేదు. ప్రధాని తాలూకు కీలక ప్రసంగ పాఠాన్ని తయారు చేసే ముందు అధికారులతో సంప్రదించడం ఎప్పుడూ జరిగేదే.

-సూర్య

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PM Modi advised against mentioning Balochistan

NEW DELHI: Was Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised not to mention Balochistan in his recent Independence Day address? Yes, say certain news reports.

While preparing the recent Independence Day address of Primie Minister Narendra Modi, some senior bureaucrats advised him against mentioning Balochistan, Pakistan’s agitated southwestern province.

But a couple of senior ministers, who participated in the meeting, chaired by the PM along with bureaucrats, insisted in favour of mentioning Balochistan in PM’s address, say the reports.

“The bureaucrats suggested that mentioning Balochistan is fine, but the Independence Day speech is not a good platform for it,” said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the reports say.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Home Minister Rajnath Singh strongly argued in favour of mentioning Balochistan.

The Ministry of External Affairs declined to comment on the issue. The Defence and Home ministries too did not respond.

The PM in his speech said that the people of Balochistan had thanked him for bringing attention to the human rights atrocities in the region by Pakistani security forces.

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After ‘2 medal’ Rio show, PM announces task force for next Olympics

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of under performance in Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the decision to set up a Task Force to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation in the next three Olympics.

The aim of the task force, which Modi said would be set up in the next few days, would be to prepare a strategy for improvement of facilities, spell out selection norms and better training facilities, and would comprise of both in-house and foreign experts.

In Rio Olympics the country won only one Silver and one Bronze even after sending its biggest contingent of 117 athletes.

India finished 67th in the medal tally.

The next Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020.

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What is Mehbooba upto?

  • Mufti meets Modi
  • Blames Pak for violence
  • Says handful are behind trouble 

New Delhi: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today. It was the first meeting between the two after violence erupted in Kashmir valley in the wake of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani’s death in an encounter with armed forces on 8 July 2016.

Mehbooba, talking to the media after the meeting, blamed Pakistan for creating trouble in the valley. She said only a handful of people are inciting violence. The first priority of her government is to bring about normalcy in the valley. In about 50 days of turmoil nearly 70 persons were killed and more than a thousand were injured.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Srinagar twice after the unrest broke out.

Volt face by Mufti

There is evidently a sudden change in Mehbooba stance. Till the other day she was saying that the Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, the Mujahideen commander. She later made a u-turn and said the security forces were not aware of Wani’s presence at the spot where the encounter took place. In contrast to what she said in a press conference on July 28 she called Wani a militant during the press conference she addressed along with HM on Thursday. She asked if the youngsters went to Army camps to buy toffees? She categorically said some miscreants are bent upon getting children killed and blinded so that people of the valley become emotional and take anti-establishment view.

Political parties in Kashmir are adept at fishing in troubled water and Opposition leader Omar Abdullah of National Conference is doing just the same at present. He is paying Mehbooba in the same coin. It may be recalled that during the violence that rocked the valley in 2010 following a fake encounter Mehbooba was visiting the houses of the youths killed in firing. More than 110 boys were killed in that phase. Omar was the chief minister at that time. He has now usurped the space of soft- separatism which was earlier occupied by Mehbooba.

Modi’s line

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that any solution to Kashmir issue has to be within the confines of the J&K constitution which makes it clear that Kashmir is an integral part of India.

As against this background, Mehbooba cannot any more humour the separatists who are backed by Pakistan. The bold stance taken by Modi visa-vis Pakistan placed limitations on the options before J&K CM.

– Primepost Bureau

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