NEW DELHI New entrant to the North Block, Amit Shah on Saturday took charge as Home Minister in the Narendra Modi led NDA government.
J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik called on Shah and apprised him about the overall situation in Kashmir especially the preparation being made for the annual Amarnath Yatra.
The 46-day-long yatra will begin on July 1 and would conclude on August 15.
Governor also briefed Home minister about prevailing law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley and the border areas besides various development issues.
“I have discussed security matters and development issues with the Home Minister,” Malik told reporters after the meeting.
The Governor, however, said that the issue related to holding assembly elections in the state was not discussed as the matter was under the purview of the Election Commission of India.
Jammu and Kashmir is under the central rule since June 2018 and the assembly election is expected to be held later this year.
Shah assumed charge as Home Minister on Saturday. Inducted into the government, Shah will be part of the elite group of ministers in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) comprising the four ministers of Home, Defence, Finance and External Affairs besides the Prime Minister.
Referred to as ‘Chanakya’ of modern-day politics for his organisational abilities that were marked by series of successes in the elections as BJP president, Shah’s entry into the North Block gets a profile commensurate with challenges like terrorism, Maoist violence and the problems in Kashmir.
The other major issue that will come up for review in the Home Ministry will be whether to continue with the muscular anti-militancy policy being pursued in Kashmir and whether the government would give an opportunity for internal dialogue with various stakeholders in the troubled state.
The BJP and Shah, in particular, had also been campaigning for National Register of Citizens throughout the country.
Shah brings with him a vast experience in the political arena. He was party in-charge of Uttar Pradesh in 2014 and helped BJP and its allies win 73 out of 80 seats.
In 2019 too, Shah managed BJP’s election campaign and also rigorously campaigned at the same time, which lead the party winning 303 seats. BJP became the first party in India, since 1971, to return with full majority.(PTI and other agencies)