Srinagar: Amid widening rift between the alliance partners, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her residence here even as BJP top brass continue to exhibit a no compromise posture viz a viz Kashmir.
Mr Madhav, who arrived in this summer capital in the afternoon, went to Chief Ministers Fairview residence on Gupkar road and held around half-an-hour meeting with Ms Mehbooba.
However, the BJP National General Secretary refused to talk to media persons, who were waiting outside the CMs residence.
The meeting between the two leaders holds significance and it comes at time when law and order is deteriorating in the valley and there are conflicting statements by the coalition partners over the ongoing mass unrest sweeping Kashmir.
Earlier Ram Madhav publicly rebuffed Chief Minister Mehbooba Muftis by rejecting her suggestion for reviving talks with all key stake holders.
The BJP leader asserted that militants and their sponsors should be dealt with “utmost toughness”.
“The separatists have only one motto: One dead body a day, so that they can play sentimental politics over the dead bodies. They use people of the Valley as scapegoats in their reprehensible politics of violence and separatism, Mr Madhav yesterday wrote in a Facebook posting.
The PDP leadership was already embarrassed by Madhavs comments complementing an Army officer, who tied a youth to the bonnet of a jeep as human shield to evade stone pelting.
PDP’s dramatic defeat in the Legislative Council elections at the hands of its coalition partner has also reportedly widened the rift between the two parties.
The Mehbooba-led party is also unhappy with BJP for the stand taken by central government in the Supreme Court (SC) over talks with separatist leaders.
Reliable sources said the government of India is not quite keen to give any indication of weakness and therefore – as of now – it is not considering any change in the policy not to talk to the separatists.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief, G A Mir said after government of India’s stand in Supreme Court that there was no plan to hold any talks with the separatists, it was up to the conscious of Mehbooba Mufti to continue in alliance.
“She recently announced that she would resign in case the dialogue will not be held, but after the government recorded their statement in Supreme Court (SC), Mehbooba is still assuming the charge,” Mir said yesterday.
Ms Mufti on a visit to Delhi on Monday, April 24, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive talks with all stake holders.