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Jammu and Kashmir: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Srinagar on day-long visit

“Heading to Srinagar on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Shall review the security situation and important initiatives taken in the state,” Rajnath Singh tweeted before leaving the national capital.

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Srinagar Published on: October 23, 2018 13:27 IST
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday arrived in Srinagar on a day-long visit to the state.

According to the officials, the home minister will review the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, specifically in the Valley and along the India-Pakistan border.

Rajnath Singh will chair a high-level security review meeting and would also be interacting with some political delegations.

 “Heading to Srinagar on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Shall review the security situation and important initiatives taken in the state,” Rajnath Singh tweeted before leaving the national capital.

He would meet Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhawan along with senior officials from civil administration, police and security forces and assess the prevailing situation in the state.

This is Rajnath Singh’s first visit to the Kashmir Valley after governor’s rule was imposed here in June and comes on the heels of the urban local body election results on October 20.

Two key political parties—the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that have been the ruling BJP’s alliance at the Centre and state at different times had boycotted both the urban and the upcoming panchayat polls. 

He was expected to meet leaders of political parties and representatives of some civil society groups.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under the governor’s rule after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Chief Minister following the withdrawal of support by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The state has been facing unrest with incidents of violence perpetrated by terror groups regularly.

(With PTI inputs)

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