Guv Malik Briefs Rajnath In New Delhi

NEW DELHI — Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed about the prevailing situation in the state where panchayat elections are to be held, officials said.

During the 30-minute meeting, the governor briefed the home minister on the “law and order” situation in the Kashmir Valley, which has witnessed several attacks on government personnel in the recent past.

The governor apprised the home minister about the situation in the Kashmir valley as well as in the border areas, a Home Ministry official said.

Panchayat polls will be held in Jammu and Kashmir in nine phases beginning November 17. Elections to the state’s urban local bodies were held recently in four phases between October 8 and October 16.

Malik, who is at the helm of affairs as Jammu and Kashmir is currently under Governor’s rule, also briefed Singh about the elections to the urban local bodies and the upcoming panchayat polls.

Both the elections have been boycotted by the state’s two major regional political parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party.

The home minister last week had visited Jammu and Kashmir where he had interacted with top officials of the administration and the security forces besides meeting some political leaders.

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