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Dialogue, not ‘warmongering’ is PDP’s agenda: Mehbooba Mufti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday the “emerging scenario” in the state can be addressed best by following the vision of late CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, asserting that her party’s agenda has always been dialogue and discourse and not “warmongering”.”My party’s agenda has always been dialogue and discourse and not warmongering. The emerging scenario in Jammu & Kashmir and the subcontinent can be addressed best by executing and following the vision of late Mufti sahib,” she said.Addressing a meeting of party’s district and zonal presidents of Jammu province here yesterday, she said the situation of past few months in the state and the consequent acrimonious relations between India and Pakistan could be resolved by implementing the political philosophy of ex-J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.She reminded the delegates that since its inception in 1999, the party has always stood for dialogue, peace and harmonious relations between India and Pakistan. Wars have nowhere in the present world solved any problem, rather compounded them only, she added.She said the problems being faced by the people of border areas in the state also underscore the need for pushing for a dialogue to resolve issues and maintain peaceful relations.Terming the formation of PDP as a boon for the people of the State, she said the objective of late Mufti Sahib was to provide J&K people a platform from where they could express themselves freely. She said democracy in J&K couldn’t flourish earlier as people did not have such a platform which resulted in countless miseries to them. Terming the party as a ‘sacred trust’ of the late leader, Mehbooba exhorted upon the functionaries to strengthen the party at grassroots to let the state’s people reap the benefits of this political platform

Anantnag bypolls: Initial trends show Mehbooba Mufti leading

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was leading on Saturday by over 1,300 votes after the first round of counting in the by-poll to Anantnag Assembly constituency.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. ReutersJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Reuters

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Reuters

After the first round, Mehbooba had polled 1,826 votes followed by Hilal Ahmad Shah of Congress (516) and Iftikhar Misger of National Conference (316), District Election Authorities said.

Mehbooba is among eight candidates in the by-poll for Anantnag Assembly seat which was necessitated due to death of incumbent MLA and then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on 7 January this year.

Polling in the constituency was held on 22 June during which over 28,000 of the 84,000 voters exercised their franchise.

It is mandatory for a Chief Minister or any other minister in the state to become a member of either house of state’s bicameral legislature within six months of being sworn in.

At present, Mehbooba Mufti represents the south Kashmir Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in parliament.

Anantnag by-elections: Mehbooba Mufti, 7 others in fray

Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed on Saturday withdrew his nomination for the by-poll in Anantnag Assembly seat in Jammu and Kashmir, leaving eight candidates, including Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the fray.Rasheed, a legislator from Langate constituency of Kupwara district, withdrew his nomination for the by-election slated to be held on June 22, an official spokesman said. Today was the last date for withdrawal of nomination. With Rasheed’s withdrawal, eight candidates, including Mehbooba, were left in the fray.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By-poll was necessitated in Anantnag following the death of then Chief Minister and incumbent PDP MLA Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.Mehbooba, who assumed the Chief Minister’s office on April 4, had six months to get elected either to the Assembly or the Legislative Council in order to continue in office. The poll process has to be concluded before July 7, the day the six-month deadline, set as per provisions of the Representation of the People Act, expires.

First popularity test for Mehbooba Mufti after joining hands with BJP

Ending suspense, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has finally decided to step into her late father’s shoes and contest the assembly polls from Anantnag constituency, which had fallen vacant after the demise of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.It will be the first popularity test for Mehbooba after she joined hands with BJP after playing hard ball for two-and-a-half months in a bid to renegotiate the terms of agenda of alliance and pressure BJP-led Centre to announce some confidence- building measures.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mehbooba, who is currently People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Lok Sabha member from Anantnag, is filing her nomination papers on Wednesday. The bye-polls for the constituency will be held on June 19.This time the BJP has decided not to field any candidate against Mehbooba from Anantnag. It will be for the first time when there will be a sort of pre-poll arrangement between the PDP and BJP in the state.Last time, BJP had fielded Mohammad Rafiq Wani against late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Anantnag constituency and he had bagged 1,275 votes.”We will not field any candidate against Mehbooba Mufti. We will extend all our support to the honourable chief minister in the polls. She will secure the highest number of votes in this election,” Khalid Jehangir, spokesman of BJP for Kashmir, told dna.However, Congress candidate Hilal Ahmad Shah is giving a tough contest to Mehbooba from Anantnag constituency. Shah had lost to her father by just 6000 votes in 2014 assembly elections.This time Shah is trying his luck against Mufti’s daughter in the same constituency. Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had bagged 16,983 votes while Shah had got 10,955 votes in 2014 assembly elections.”This time Mehbooba will lose her deposit. People are very angry because of her handshake with BJP and RSS. People want to teach them a lesson in a democratic manner. I have been living amongst people all through and I can see the wave against Mehbooba and her party,” Shah told dna.National Conference (NC), which had finished third by bagging 2,403 votes in 2014, has again fielded Iftikhar Hussain Misger against Mehbooba in Anantnag. Misger was last-minute entry in 2014 since NC candidate Mehboob Beg had defected to PDP and supported Mufti Mohommad Sayeed.”It is a one sided contest and Mehbooba Ji will win with the biggest margin. It is a cakewalk for her. There is nobody who can defeat her in Anantnag”, said Mehboob Beg, chief spokesman of PDP.Speculations are also rife that Mehbooba’s brother Mufti Tasaduq Hussain may contest the Lok Sabha polls from Anantnag constituency after his sister is elected to assembly. “Party will decide who will be the candidate for Anantnag parliamentary polls,” said Beg.

Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn-in as Jammu and Kashmir CM tomorrow

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will be sworn in tomorrow as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, also becoming the first-ever Muslim woman CM, heading a coalition government with BJP in the only Muslim-majority state.LIVE England vs West Indies final T20, ICC World T20The 56-year-old leader, daughter of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, will take oath of office at Raj Bhawan in Jammu tomorrow at 11.00 am. Mehbooba assuming office will be a landmark event in the history of Jammu and Kashmir as well as rest of the country. She will be the first woman to head a government in Jammu and Kashmir and the first Muslim woman to become the Chief Minister of a state in India.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Governor NN Vohra yesterday invited the PDP president to form and lead the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state. “The Governor’s invitation to (Mehbooba) Mufti follows the earlier discussions with the PDP and BJP presidents regarding formation of government in the state and the subsequent communications received from her and Sat Sharma, president, J&K BJP in regard to this matter,” an official spokesman said.The PDP-BJP government can expect a smooth run if the two ideologically opposite parties can avoid controversies that dogged their first brush together with power when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed headed the government for 10 months till his death on January 7. The PDP-BJP coalition, which also has Sajad Gani Lone led Peoples’ Conference as a constituent, has 56 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly.The PDP has 27 members while BJP has 25. Peoples’ Conference has two MLAs while two other independents are supporting the coalition. The revival of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state — after three months of stalemate — became possible after several rounds of hectic negotiations between the two parties and apparent intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Following Sayeed’s death, Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state as the PDP and the BJP did not stake fresh claim for government formation in the state. Initially, the two parties maintained that Mehbooba was not in a position to take over the reins of the state as she was mourning her father’s death. However, after the mourning period was over, the PDP said it was looking for assurances and confidence building measures from the Centre on implementation of Agenda of Alliance — common minimum programme of the two parties — before forming the new government.Hopes of ending the deadlock were raised when BJP general secretary Ram Madhav arrived in Srinagar in a chartered plane to meet Mehbooba Mufti late in the evening on February 17 but nothing came out of the hour-long meeting.The next high level contact between the two parties came on March 19 when Mehbooba met BJP president Amit Shah. Again the two parties failed to resolve the issues, forcing the BJP to publicly admit for the first time that no headway could be made on government formation.In fact, several PDP leaders went to extent of saying the prospects of an alliance with the BJP were all but over. However, to everyone’s surprise, the PDP president went to meet the Prime Minister three days later.Mehbooba emerged from the meeting with the Prime Minister “satisfied”, which shall culminate tomorrow with her swearing in as the Chief Minister.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti to be sworn-in as J&K’s first woman chief minister on Monday

Srinagar/Jammu: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will be sworn in on Monday as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, also becoming the first-ever Muslim woman CM, heading a coalition government with BJP in the only Muslim-majority state.

The 56-year-old leader, daughter of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, will take oath of office at Raj Bhawan in Jammu on Monday at 11.00 AM.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

Mehbooba assuming office will be a landmark event in the history of Jammu and Kashmir as well as rest of the country.

She will be the first woman to head a government in Jammu and Kashmir and the first Muslim woman to become the Chief Minister of a state in India.

Governor N N Vohra on Saturday invited the PDP president to form and lead the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

“The Governor’s invitation to (Mehbooba) Mufti follows the earlier discussions with the PDP and BJP presidents regarding formation of government in the state and the subsequent communications received from her and Sat Sharma, president, J&K BJP in regard to this matter,” an official spokesman said.

The PDP-BJP government can expect a smooth run if the two ideologically opposite parties can avoid controversies that dogged their first brush together with power when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed headed the government for 10 months till his death on 7 January.

The PDP-BJP coalition, which also has Sajad Gani Lone led Peoples’ Conference as a constituent, has 56 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly.

The PDP has 27 members while BJP has 25. Peoples’ Conference has two MLAs while two other independents are supporting the coalition.

The revival of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state — after three months of stalemate — became possible after several rounds of hectic negotiations between the two parties and apparent intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Following Sayeed’s death, Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state as the PDP and the BJP did not stake fresh claim for government formation in the state.

Initially, the two parties maintained that Mehbooba was not in a position to take over the reins of the state as she was mourning her father’s death.

However, after the mourning period was over, the PDP said it was looking for assurances and confidence building measures from the Centre on implementation of Agenda of Alliance — common minimum programme of the two parties — before forming the new government.

Hopes of ending the deadlock were raised when BJP general secretary Ram Madhav arrived in Srinagar in a chartered plane to meet Mehbooba Mufti late in the evening on February 17 but nothing came out of the hour-long meeting.

The next high level contact between the two parties came on March 19 when Mehbooba met BJP president Amit Shah.

Again the two parties failed to resolve the issues, forcing the BJP to publicly admit for the first time that no headway could be made on government formation.

In fact, several PDP leaders went to extent of saying the prospects of an alliance with the BJP were all but over.

However, to everyone’s surprise, the PDP president went to meet the Prime Minister three days later.

Mehbooba emerged from the meeting with the Prime Minister “satisfied”, which shall culminate tomorrow with her swearing in as the Chief Minister.

Jammu and Kashmir: No word yet on who made it to the new council of ministers

As PDP president Mehbooba Mufti prepares to take charge on Monday as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no word yet on who all made it to the council of ministers.”We are all in Jammu for the swearing-in ceremony but we have not been informed yet as to who all are going to be included in the council of ministers tomorrow. At least I have not been informed yet,” an influential PDP leader and a former minister told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the PDP president has not yet given any hint as to who all will be in her team that will be sworn in tomorrow.”I think the prospective ministers from our party will be informed by this evening,” he said on the condition of anonymity.Sources in the PDP said Mehbooba is likely to hold a meeting of senior party leaders later this evening for finalising her team of ministers.”Besides deciding on the team of ministers, Mehbooba is also likely to appoint new party office bearers. Some senior party leaders who were ministers in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government may be given important party posts,” the sources said.They said performance of the former ministers during the 10-month PDP-BJP coalition under Sayeed will be the yardstick for the ministers to be retained in the new cabinet.”There might not be wholesale changes in the team of ministers but reshuffling of portfolios is definitely on the cards,” the sources said.Senior party leaders and Lok Sabha MPs Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Tariq Hamid Karra might be considered for senior positions in the party structure as accommodating them in the council of ministers would mean the PDP facing by-elections to more than one Lok Sabha seat — a situation that the party wants to avoid in immediate future.Mehbooba is likely to retain the party presidency but may appoint a working president with limited powers for running day to day affairs of the party, the sources said.The BJP, which will retain its previous portfolios, is also likely to make some changes in its ministerial team. A BJP leader said the party would finalise its list of ministers later this evening.The 56-year-old Mehbooba will be the first woman chief minister of the state as her swearing in ceremony is scheduled at Raj Bhawan in Jammu at 11 AM on Monday. Governor N N Vohra on Saturday invited the PDP president to form and lead the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.”The Governor’s invitation to (Mehbooba) Mufti follows the earlier discussions with the PDP and BJP presidents regarding formation of government in the state and the subsequent communications received from her and Sat Sharma, president, J-K BJP in regard to this matter,” an official spokesman said.With Mehbooba’s swearing in, the three-month-old Governor’s Rule in the state will also come to an end. The Governor’s Rule was imposed in the state on January 8, a day after death of incumbent chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, as the PDP and BJP did not stake fresh claim for government formation.A stalemate persisted between the two coalition partners as Mehbooba sought concrete assurances and confidence building measures from the Centre on implementation of Agenda of Alliance — common minimum programme of the two parties — before forming the new government. It was apparently at the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Mehbooba agreed to continue the coalition with the BJP as the earlier round of talks with senior BJP leaders, including party president Amit Shah, had all but failed.The PDP president met the Prime Minister on March 22 and later told reporters that she was “satisfied” with the meeting. She was elected as the PDP legislature party leader and nominated as Chief Ministerial candidate by her party on March 24.

BJP, PDP manage to avoid a divorce

The estranged allies are all set for a reunion, with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) warming up to each other after a 30-minute meeting between Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A formal announcement on the decision on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir will be made by the PDP chief in Srinagar on Thursday at a meeting of the PDP legislature party. The MLAs have to choose Mehbooba as leader, in place of her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who died in January.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Many analysts are crediting finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Sunday comment in which he said the BJP remains committed to the “agenda for governance” with breaking the deadlock. However, insiders say behind-the-scene actions of various players – most notably J&K Governor N N Vohra and Army brass – also played a part, stressing urgency to put in place a civilian face in the saddle, before the summers, when the capital shifts to Srinagar.Vohra reportedly spoke to Mehbooba and then briefed the PM.Mehbooba was also under pressure because of rumours floating in Srinagar that her PDP may split as they would not like the prospect of mid-term polls so soon. The J&K assembly constituted in January last year has a tenure of six years unlike all other state assemblies constituted for five years. The PDP’s rival National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah called on the Governor in Srinagar on Monday to press for fresh elections to end the stalemate created by the differences between the PDP and the BJP on formation of the government.After meeting the PM, Mehbooba told reporters that she was “very satisfied” as the meeting turned out to be a “very positive and a good meeting.” She put behind the stalemate for the last over two months on the government formation, saying “when you meet the Prime Minister of the country, naturally the solution to the problems faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir is more clear.”The PMO also posted at noon a photograph of her meeting with the Prime Minister, saying “PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti called on PM.”Modi reportedly broke the ice and touched an emotional chord by praising her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and telling her “we must follow the positivity of Mufti Saheb.”On Ram Madhav’s statement that the BJP won’t accept any new demands from its erstwhile coalition partner, sources said Mehbooba assured the PM that her party had no new conditions and all that she wanted were timelines for implementation of the “agenda for governance” keeping in mind people’s sentiments in the Kashmir valley and credibility of the chief minister’s office. The reference was to discordant notes struck by BJP ministers in the Cabinet. They said the PM assured her support on every initiative aimed at bringing development and peace. Prime Minister has told her to remain in direct touch with him on any issue.They said the new government will be also based on the “agenda for governance” thrashed out by the two parties before Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took over as CM. The PDP president refused to give a date for taking oath as the CM. She said she was flying back to the state to brief her party MLAs. “I had been authorised by the party MLAs to take a decision. I have convened a meeting on Thursday and after that we will announce the future course of action.”Pressed again, she said: “As I said I will talk to my MLAs because that is the forum. This is not the place. There is a particular place to make such announcements. I will go back to Srinagar and take the next step.”Earlier as well PDP had raised the issues of BJP members taking recourse to the court for diluting issues that are otherwise part of the agenda of alliance. Informally the party was conveyed that since BJP has its own agenda, it will have to engage its support base by taking recourse to such activities. But now it seems, she has been assured at the highest level that BJP will stick to the coalition dharma and avoid raking up issue that have the potential of vitiating atmosphere in the stateThis was Mehbooba’s second visit to Delhi in five days after her talks with BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday failed to make any headway triggering speculation that the two parties could be making renewed efforts to reach out to each other in a bid to break the prolonged impasse. Mehbooba had a meeting on Monday morning with her senior party colleagues, including former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, during which final touches were given for the meeting with the prime minister, sources said.

Congress demands Mufti to clarify on CMB agreed upon with BJP

Jammu: Congress on Tuesday hit out at PDP, calling the delay in government formation in J-K an attempt by the party to “test waters” in the Valley, and asked Mehbooba Mufti to clarify what “new” confidence building measures (CBM) have been agreed upon between PDP and BJP.

“It was all a drama enacted by PDP over the issue of confidence building measures as a condition before BJP, to be taken ahead of government formation. It was aimed to test waters in Kashmir Valley where they have lost their ground,” J&K Congress Chief G A Mir said.

He asked PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti to clarify the confidence building measures which have been agreed upon with BJP, over which she had delayed government formation in Jammu and Kashmir for over two months. “She (Mehbooba Mufti) was instrumental in imposition of Governor’s rule, she owes an explanation to the people of the state as to what new things she has been granted by the BJP-led central government over which she delayed the government formation for two-and-a-half months,” he said.

Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

The JKCC leader said that the new government to be formed would be “no different” from the one under Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the only change will be in chief ministership. “BJP has already cleared its stand that PDP will have the chief minister and the government will be formed as per Agenda of Alliance, what new things she has got,” Mir asked.

“We will wait and watch for her to speak on what she was promised or granted by the BJP government apart from Agenda of Alliance,” Mir said. He said that BJP also created a drama with their statements that no fresh conditions would be accepted from PDP but ultimately they will be forming the government with PDP along with additional conditions.

PTI

Sedition row: Arvind Kejriwal says he’s a ‘bigger’ patriot than PM Narendra Modi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is facing sedition charge, on Monday said he is a “bigger patriot” than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that BJP does not want to upset PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti by arresting the “real traitors” in the JNU case. “I have been booked for sedition. I have been raising voice in favour (of) Dalits, the backwards (Pichchdo) and the poor which is why I am an anti-national for them (BJP). My voice cannot be muzzled. I will continue to fight for them,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kejriwal claimed that those who raised anti-India slogans at the varsity campus were from Kashmir. “I am a bigger patriot than Modi ji. I ask why he has not yet arrested those who had raised slogans for the destruction of the country….because those who raised such slogans are from Kashmir and if they are arrested, Mehbooba Mufti will get angry. Our soldiers are being martyred everyday on the border. And Modi ji is saving the anti-national elements to form government in Kashmir,” Kejriwal said, referring to the on-going talks between BJP and PDP to form government in Jammu (and) Kashmir following the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.Kejriwal, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury are among nine persons who have been booked on sedition charges yesterday by the Hyderabad Police.An FIR has been registered against Rahul, Kejriwal, Yechury, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ajay Maken, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) Spokesperson KC Tyagi, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and JNU research scholar Umar Khalid on the order of a court based on a complaint filed by lawyer Janardhan Goud.

‘Only time can tell’ says Mehbooba Mufti on government formation in Jammu & Kashmir

Notwithstanding BJP’s optimism, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday remained ambivalent on progress in talks on government formation, maintaining that she will be on board once she is convinced that she can “fulfill the dreams” of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for Jammu and Kashmir.”That only time can tell,” was the cryptic response of the PDP president to reporters when they asked her if there was any forward movement in talks with the BJP for government formation in the state.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just days earlier, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav had flown to Srinagar and held talks with the PDP chief after which he had said that “both parties are positive” on continuing with the arrangement.Mehbooba, who attended first public function today after Sayeed’s death on January 7, said her visit to Delhi was only related to her duties as a Lok Sabha member.”The parliament session is starting on Feb 23… I am going to attend it. I have asked questions… if the Parliament is allowed to function.”There are issues like JNU, which is unfortunate, Haryana (Jat agitation), we don’t know what will happen in Parliament,” she said.Earlier, addressing the party workers, Mehbooba said coming to power was not her goal.”If we feel, we can fulfill the dreams of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, then only it is worth it. If the situation continues as it is, then my inheritance (the people of the state) is enough for me,” she said.The PDP president said her late father throughout his political career spanning over five decades struggled for the betterment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”Only 12 years of his long political career, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was in power. However, he remained alive (in politics) due to the support of the people.”He wanted to keep the state united and resolve the issues they faced,” she said.Recalling the last few days of her father, Mehbooba said despite the advice of doctors, he continued to work and was concerned about the people of the state.”Even in the hospital, he asked me if the money for flood victims has been released (by the Centre), whether the work on additional accommodation for Kashmiri Pandits at Sheikhpura had been started. .. when I told him that Prime Minister Modi had visited Pakistan,” he just smiled.”He did not sacrifice his life so that I can get the chair. He sacrificed his life for you,” Mehbooba, choking on her words, said.On Sayeed’s decision to ally with BJP, the PDP president said her father was ready for electoral loss but wanted to take the people of the state out of this uncertainty.”He was of the belief that Modiji with such a huge mandate can take the state out of its troubles if he is able to convince him about the need for India-Pakistan friendship and resolution of outstanding issues,” she said.Mehbooba said Sayeed wanted Jammu and Kashmir to become a bridge between India and Pakistan.

Jammu and Kashmir: Ram Madhav meets Mehbooba Mufti to break logjam over govt formation

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav met PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday, rekindling hope that government formation in Jammu and Kashmir may be finally underway. J&K has been under Governor’s rule from January 8, a day after CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away. After hung assembly in the elections last year, PDP- BJP put behind their ideological differences to form government in the state. However Mehbooba had taken a hardline after her father’s death, asking for several confidence-building measures (CBMs) from its ally BJP. But on Monday, PDP softened its tone denying it has no precondition has been set but government formation will take some time.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PDP leader Muzaffar Beig said that, “She (Mehbooba) has never said anything like CBMs. I don’t know where from the newspapers have carried such a news about CBMs.” He went on to add, “CBMs actually take place between two hostile countries. It (PDP-BJP) is one alliance which has not disintegrated here. We are not talking to any enemy that we should demand CBMs.”

Jammu and Kashmir: Talks on with PDP, says Ram Madhav

Amid continuing stalemate over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Monday said talks between BJP and PDP are going on.”We are communicating with each other. It is not that communication between us has broken down,” Madhav, who had played a key role in forging the alliance, said. BJP sources sounded hopeful of resurrecting the alliance that ruled the state for over 10 months under Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but the two parties have been unable to come together after his daughter Mehbooba Mufti took over PDP following his death.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked about new conditions put forth by PDP for the resumption of alliance, they said BJP had shared its views too with the regional party and talks were continuing. PDP is believed to be asking the central government to make some concessions on its Kashmir-centric political agenda, including relaxation in controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, a demand the BJP has rejected in the past.PDP is also pushing for more financial assistance to the state from the Centre. The regional party apprehends that its alliance with BJP has cost it some popular support and it can recover the lost ground only by pushing its core agenda.

Centre exposes PDP’s double speak, says Mehbooba Mufti was ready to take oath as chief minister

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been exposed after Centre released the documents revealing that the two senior leaders had approached the governor NN Vohra intimating him that Mehbooba Mufti was ready to take oath as the chief minister after the death of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.In an RTI reply, ministry of home affairs (MHA) has released Vohra’s letter to President Pranab Mukherjee informing him about his meeting with two PDP leaders –Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Lok Sabha MP from Baramulla and Nizam-ud-din Bhat, PDP general secretary –after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Before I left Srinagar on January 7 to return to Jammu, a PDP delegation comprising Muzaffar Baig and Nizam-ud-din Bhat met me with prior appointment on the Srinagar airport. Baig informed me that he has brought a letter from his party addressed to me, which intimated the PDP’s decision that Mehbooba Mufti would be the next chief minister,: Vohra said in his letter on January 9.Elaborating, the governor said, Baig explained that he was not handing over the letter to him as he needed to recheck and be fully assured that all the PDP MLAs were on board in regard to the aforesaid decision.”I informed Baig and Bhat that the new chief minister would require to be administered oath and installed by the end of January 8. In this connection following documents would require to be furnished to the governor:Resolution of PDP legislature party about its decision to have Mehbooba Mufti as the next chief minister. Communication from the BJP to intimate their endorsement of the PDP’s aforesaid decision,” Vohra said.Since PDP and BJP did not give any formal response to governor till January 9 Vohra wrote to the president seeking consent for proclamation of governor’s rule and place the assembly under suspended animation.For the last one month there has been a stalemate in the state as PDP has been taking a moral high ground over the government formation seeking concrete confidence building measures from the Narendra Modi government before Mehbooba could take oath as chief minister.However the new documents has sparked a political storm with main opposition National Conference lampooning PDP’s “moral high ground” over demands and confidence building measures which they claim is to hoodwink the masses in the restive state.”Fact of the matter is that they had approached the governor to form the government even before the funeral (of Mufti) had taken place. It has become evident that PDP had delayed the government formation because there are internal issues within party over Mehbooba’s candidature and second they are creating drama to tell the people they have some sort of ideology and we regret what has happened,” Junaid Azim Mattu, spokesman of NC, told dna.

J&K govt formation: Ram Madhav to hold talks with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti to break impasse

Madhav, who had played a key role in forging alliance with PDP, may meet her after the 40-day mourning period following Sayeed’s demise ends next week, party sources said. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav is likely to hold talks with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti next week as the party makes fresh efforts to break the impasse over formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir following the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Madhav, who had played a key role in forging alliance with PDP, may meet her after the 40-day mourning period following Sayeed’s demise ends next week, party sources said. PDP wants the central government to make some concessions on its Kashmir-centric political agenda, including relaxation in controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, a demand the BJP has rejected in the past. PDP is also pushing for more financial assistance to the state from the Centre.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The regional party apprehends that its alliance with BJP has cost it some popular support and it can recover the lost ground only by pushing its core agenda. While late chief minister Sayeed was an enthusiastic votary of the tie-up with BJP, her daughter is more ambivalent about it, the sources said.

Mehbooba Mufti puts conditions for government formation, BJP wants PDP to take first step

Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday has put the ball in the ball in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s court over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.”We need tangible confidence building measures to be taken by the central government to give the new government in J&K a fillip. Centre needs to create an environment to infuse confidence. And unless that happens, we cannot move forward,” Mehbooba told reporters after meeting Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra in Jammu.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Elaborating, she said, if a government is to be formed in the state, it will have to take tangible measures to address the causes of alienation, trust and development deficit in Jammu and Kashmir and work towards finding a long-lasting solution to the problem plaguing the state for the past more than six decades.For the first time since the demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, PDP president spoke publicly and cleared the stand on the alliance with BJP and the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.”My party wants a government in Jammu and Kashmir not for power but for inspiring confidence among the people, about its ability to solve the multiple problems faced by the State on political, economic, administrative and financial fronts,” she said.Mehbooba said Jammu and Kashmir is different state and there are different challenges unlike other states where there is government, opposition and other administrative problems.”In J&K we have to fight so many forces. And to fight these forces and stable the situation it is important that our country’s government stands behind us like a rock and solve the problems of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.Mehbooba regretted that Centre did not support Mufti Mohommad Sayeed the way PDP was expecting during the last 10 months of rule in J&K.”Despite having taken a huge political risk of going against the public sentiment in Kashmir by aligning with BJP, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was virtually made to run from the pillar to post by New Delhi to get even the constitutionally guaranteed funds for the development of the State,” she said.Mehbooba noted that the credibility and stature of Mufti Sahab was such that despite facing enormous resource constraints and frequent unsettling issues, he kept the things moving on the governance and development fronts.”Although PDP faced various challenges in the 10 months of its alliance with BJP, unfortunately, Mufti Sahab’s resolute decision was not reciprocated by the Central Government, the way he expected it to be,”she lamented.Mehbooba minced no words in admitting that she was lacking experience like her father but noted that she believes in her father’s commitment and conviction”May be I don’t have that goodwill and experience. I do not have that vision under which Mufti joined hands with BJP. Mufti used to say I did not join hands with Modiji but with crores of people who elected him. He had expectation from Modi government and entire country that we will work together to take J&K out of the troubles. He did not think about electoral politics, party or himself,” she said.BJP leaders however played safe seeking 10 days time from the governor to sort out differences with PDP over the government formation.”There is constitutional requirement that PDP needs to elect its leader of the legislature and inform the governor,” said Nirmal Singh, former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader after meeting with governor.Earlier in the day Singh called Mehbooba in Jammu in an apparent bid to break the ice. However he later dispelled the impressions and termed the meeting as a courtesy call. “It was a courtesy and nothing else,” he said

Marriage on the rocks: PDP seeks assurances about preserving special status of J&K before govt formation

Terming the decision of aligning with BJP last year as “unpopular”, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday sought concrete assurances from the BJP to “carry forward and implement the vision and mission” of late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in letter and spirit before taking a final call on the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.PDP also came up with new set of demands including maintaining the present position on all the constitutional provisions pertaining to J&K including the special status enshrined in the Constitution of India. PDP asked the government to rein in elements which spark controversies and carry forward the reconciliatory mission as enumerated in the Agenda of Alliance<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took a courageous, although unpopular, decision of aligning with BJP with the hope that the Central Government headed by Mr Narendra Modi will take decisive measures to address the core political and economic issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir and its people,” said Mehbooba Mufti PDP President while addressing a meeting of the party leaders, legislators and office bearers.”Unfortunately instead of partnering with and implementing Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s vision of bringing peace, stability and prosperity to Jammu and Kashmir, certain quarters, both within Jammu and Kshmir and in New Delhi, started overtly and covertly triggering frequent controversies over avoidable contentious issues resulting in wastage of the state government’s energies in firefighting and propitiation,” she added.PDP chief minced no words to call for reassessment over Centre’s readiness to trust the people of Jammu and Kashmir and carry out implementation of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ with sincerity of purpose”In such volatile circumstances around we will have to reassess whether we can absorb the shocks which Mufti Sahab had to do so frequently in his effort to forge reconciliation between the regions and the people of the State,” she said.Mehbooba said PDP can’t form a government just for the sake of power but, if it does, it will be, as envisioned by Mufti Sahab, with the objective of addressing the core political and economic issues confronting J&K as was done by the PDP-led Government between 2002 and 2005.Enumerating her demands, Mehbooba said the centre shall have to take substantive measures towards implementation of the PDP-BJP “Agenda of Alliance” in the interest of peace and stability.”It has been further made clear in the Agenda of Alliance that the present position will be maintained on all the constitutional provisions pertaining to J&K including the special status in the Constitution of India,” she said.However main opposition party National Conference was unimpressed saying the PDP’s statement following a party meeting is yet another contemptuous attempt to test the patience of the people and the continued and liberal indulgence of the governor of Jammu and Kashmir.”If PDP wants assurances from the BJP about the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ now, what was Mufti Sahab doing for the last ten months while every single political and developmental promise in the CMP was flouted and broken by both parties in carefully cinematographed fixed matches?” asked NC spokesperson Junaid Mattu.Meanwhile. National Panthers Party has demanded judicial enquiry by three sitting judges of Supreme Court to probe into the death of the chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed last monthNPP patron Bhim Singh Mufti’s sudden death needs appropriate enquiry and investigation by the Supreme Court. “President of India should take up the matter in the greater national interest. I will move PIL before Supreme Court if the President of the India/Parliament fails to do so to enquire into the circumstances that led to unfortunate death of State’s Chief Minister in the AIIMS”, he said

Jammu and Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti attends Republic Day function, her first since Sayeed’s death

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday made her maiden appearance at a public function since the death of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed by attending the Republic Day parade here. Mehbooba, who wore black shades and her trademark long gown, attended the parade at Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium where Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asghar Samoon presided over the function and unfurled the national tricolor. This was the first public appearance of the PDP president at an official function since Sayeed’s death on January 7, this year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mehbooba has been confined to her Gupkar residence since January 7, following which she left the house only twice — on January 10 and January 15 — to offer prayers at the grave of her father. National Conference working president Omar Abdullah, PDP MLC Naeem Akhtar and PDP MLAs Asiea Naqash and Anjum Fazili, a close friend of Mehbooba, were other politicians present at the function.

PDP hints at forming government with BJP, but no timeline set

Hinting at continuing its alliance with the BJP, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday authorised its president Mehbooba Mufti to take the final call over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.PDP decision to authorise Mehbooba was taken in a five-hour-long core group meeting held at the residence of late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday. It was first formal interaction of the party since the demise of Mufti. Mehbooba, who had become recluse after her father’s death, formally resumed her work from Sunday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This meeting wholeheartedly and unanimously supported Mehbooba Mufti as its leader and expressed full confidence in her leadership qualities. The party authorised the President to take any decisions needed to carry forward Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s mission and implementing his political and developmental vision,” said Mehboob Beg, PDP chief spokesperson.PDP however did not set any timeline for the formation of the next government in Jammu and Kashmir which is currently under the governor’s rule. What signaled the thaw in the relationship between PDP and the BJP after brief spell of bitterness post Mufti’s death was the assertion that the Agenda of Alliance was a sacred document for the party.PDP’s decision to authorise Mehbooba evoked strong reaction from the former chief minister Omar Abdullah who favored the snap polls in the state.”Enough is enough. If you can’t rise to the occasion end the coalition & lets go back to the people again,” Omar tweeted.Undeterred by Omar’s salvo, the PDP said they would work towards accomplishing Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s mission of reconciliation, peace and prosperity for the people of the state.”The meeting reiterated that PDP would work, with fresh resolve, towards accomplishing the vision of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to create a space of dignity, opportunity and prosperity for the people of Jammu & Kashmir in the paradigm of friendship and cooperative relationship between India and Pakistan,” Beg said.Beg said the party welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endeavor to improve friendly ties with Pakistan. “The meeting welcomed the new initiative taken by the Prime Minister to improve relationships with Pakistan which is an important objective of the agenda of alliance and Mufti Sahab’s political legacy,” he said.The meeting observed that on the internal front Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was a strong votary of espousing the constitutional methods of finding resolution to the political problem and the issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir and safeguarding the State’s distinct identity and the special status. “He used to address the political aspirations, economic needs and developmental deficit of the State from a position of authority and with confidence,” he said.Thumbs up to friendly ties with PakMehboob Beg said the party welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s endeavor to improve friendly ties with Pakistan. “The meeting welcomed the new initiative taken by the Prime Minister to improve relationships with Pakistan which is an important objective of the agenda of alliance and Mufti Sahab’s political legacy,” he said.Seek fresh polls: FarooqJammu: National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah on Sunday called for dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and holding of fresh elections if PDP and BJP fail to form a government, after he retracted his yesterday’s statement that his party would think over if a proposal to form the government comes from the saffron party.”If they (PDP and BJP) cannot solve the problems of the people, the assembly must be dissolved and hold fresh elections held,” Abdullah said.Asked to comment on his yesterday’s statement that his party’s “doors were open” if BJP the leadership approached him to form the government in the state, he said, he had never said his party was going with the BJP.”I had never said that we are going with BJP, it has to be made clear. I only said that PDP should form the government with the BJP as they have the mandate. I only said that our party can discuss on anything in our working committee,” the former J-K Chief Minister said.

Mehbooba plays hardball with BJP on govt formation

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti is apparently playing hard to get over formation of Jammu and Kashmir government, giving the BJP some sleepless nights.For the PDP, the ten months of alliance with the BJP has left a bitter taste, according to a top leader in the state. Now, the PDP wants the BJP to commit to some conditions before Mehbooba Mufti takes oath as the next chief minister of the state.After the demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Mehbooba had told her party legislators that the time had come to assess the performance of 10 months of the coalition. Mehbooba is peeved with the BJP for not confining itself to the Agenda for Alliance, stitched by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to party sources.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leaders, directly or indirectly, have been petitioning courts either on Article 370 and Article 33a. Recently BJP national secretary Farooq Khan challenged hoisting of state flag in Jammu and Kashmir High Court. “These acts limit space for governance and are great distraction in a sensive state like Jammu and Kashmir,” said a top PDP source.The assessment of gains and loss is to begin after a prayer meeting called by Mehbooba on Friday in remembrance of the late chief minister. Her aide Naeem Akhter, a former minister, said the party would seek feedback from its MLAs, leaders and workers before embarking on government formation. Most of them are unhappy with the tie-up with the BJP as they felt it was not giving any political advantage.The conditions the PDP is likely to set include return of power projects run by the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), return of land under the occupation of the security forces, avoiding controversial issues, liberal central assistance and other demands mentioned in the agenda of alliance. “These are not conditions. These are part of the Agenda of Alliance. We want those to be implemented fully and expeditiously. There is nothing new we are asking,” said a PDP leader.The conditions were put just two days after PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg said the alliance with the BJP would continue and that Mehbooba Mufti would be the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.BJP sources, however, said they have not received anything officially from the PDP. “We are committed to the agenda of alliance. But we are unable to understand the gameplan of the PDP,” said a BJP leader.Even as bickering between PDP and BJP continued, National Panthers Party supremo Prof Bhim Singh sought President Pranab Mukerjee’s intervention to dissolve the Legislative Assembly and call for fresh elections in the state. He also urged the President to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 saying it violates the fundamental rights of the people.The only alternative before Mehbooba is to tie up with the Congress but the logistics are against such a scenario as that prospect was examined even before Mufti decided to join hands with the BJP. Party sources said the alliance with the BJP was stitched, keeping in view the possibility of the PM taking a decisive action for the sake of development and progress of the state. In the 87-member Assembly, the PDP has 28 MLAs and the Congress 12 and together they are short of a clear majority of 44. PDP sources said the government can secure support of four independents and a CPI(M) MLA. The BJP has 25 seats.Mehbooba is also peeved over the way BJP leaders reacted during her father’s illness. Neither Modi, nor BJP president Amit Shah visited Srinagar after his death. After four days, when Congress president Sonia Gandhi made her plans, and other Congress leaders made a beeline, Union minister Nitin Gadkari was sent there.One compelling reason for PDP to tie up with BJP was that the government otherwise would not have any representation from Jammu as Congress has not won a single seat from the region. The PDP leaders said Mufti had a vision for Jammu and Kashmir as an abode of peace and economically developed model state, but did not see that vision transferred on the ground for want of cooperation from the BJP. They said many projects visualised by him for the Kashmir valley could not take off because the BJP ministers put spokes.

Jammu and Kashmir: Suspense finally ends; PDP confirms coalition with BJP to continue

Ending suspense over the future of its tie-up with BJP, PDP on Tuesday said the coalition will continue on the basis of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ reached between the two parties last year but gave no timeframe for formation of the new government.”As far as I am concerned, there is no suspense. We have lost a stalwart like Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Once the official mourning period (seven days) is over, I think the (coalition) government will carry on under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti,” PDP’s chief spokesperson Mehboob Beg told reporters.The state government had declared a seven-day official mourning as a mark of respect to Sayeed, then Chief Minister who passed away at AIIMS in Delhi on last Thursday. This mourning period will end tomorrow. Beg, however, did not give a timeframe for government formation in the state which was brought under Governor’s Rule on Friday following the death of Sayeed a day earlier.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said no conditions had been laid either by the PDP or the BJP for the government formation in the state as all the issues had been thrashed out in ‘Agenda of Alliance’ last year. “This government will continue after the state mourning is over as per the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ in which all the issues that were between this alliance of North Pole and South Pole have been sorted out by Mufti sahib,” Beg said.The PDP spokesperson said the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ between the two parties encompasses all the issues — both political as well as economic — and will form the guiding the document for the six-year term of the coalition.”I do not think there is any need for talks (with BJP). I do not see any issues that need to be resolved,” he added.Asked about the speculation of Congress offering support to PDP for government formation, Beg said AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had come only to pay respects to Sayeed who had spent a long time in that party.”Soniaji and Azad Sahib came to pay respect to the person who had helped Congress take roots in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Unease grips BJP as PDP keeps up guessing game

Unease has gripped the BJP after People’s Democratic Party (PDP) showed no signs of early formation of government with Mehbooba Mufti keeping everyone guessing about her next move.Mehbooba met the party leaders and legislators on Sunday evening for the first time since her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death on Thursday. She broke down in the condolence meeting and thanked everyone for their support. However, she did not utter a word about the government formation sparking unease in the BJP camp.Mehbooba later issued a statement expressing gratitude to the state administration for their tireless efforts in following through Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s vision and commitment to address the demanding challenges confronting J&K.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Fortunately, both in 2002 and in 2015, the administration expeditiously partnered with the political leadership and toiled tirelessly to turn Mufti Sahab’s vision for Jammu and Kashmir’s prosperity into reality. It was because of these cooperative efforts at the political and administrative levels that various pioneering initiatives could be implemented in J&K”, she said.However, Mehbooba remained silent on the government formation sending jitters across BJP. “We have not received any information from PDP for the government formation. Neither has any conditions been set”, said a senior state BJP leaderBJP is leaving it to the PDP to make the first move, sensing that her views on the arrangement would depend heavily on two factors– that the entire responsibility was now on Mehbooba’s shoulders and that she had to keep her constituency in mind.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has rejected reports that both parties have put up fresh conditions. “It is for PDP to take the first call from their side. They have to decide about their leader and come forward. I hope they take a decision soon so that this kind of uncertainty ends”, Madhav was quoting by news agencies as saying.However, BJP legislator from Leh Chering Dorje told a local news agency that some BJP lawmakers want to see a BJP legislator as Chief Minister for three years while others want complete reshuffle in cabinet portfolios.

Leaving aside political bitterness, former Hurriyat chairman visits Mufti residence to pay homage to departed leader

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is arriving on Sunday to personally condole the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with his family. Congress was part of coalition with PDP which ruled the state from 2002 to 2008 before the later withdrew support to former over Amarnath land row.

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Sabarimala: First temple town in India to get a telemedicine centre

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Mehbooba Mufti likely to be first woman CM of Jammu & Kashmir

Later in November-December Assembly elections, PDP got 28 seats and in March 2015 it formed its second government in Jammu and Kashmir—this time in an alliance with BJP.
Mehboob has never lost an election from South Kashmir so far.

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Pathankot attack: Terrorists carried approximately 6 kgs of RDX each, say sources

Sources in the local police said that all security forces knew by early January 1 morning that an attack was imminent and that the cops were on alert in the area. They’d put up barricades, and were manning their posts with light machine guns (LMGs).

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FTII students manhandled and detained by police yet again

The banners put up by the students are being removed by the staff before arrival of Chauhan. Students sit in the institution premises with black bands to continue protest while their fellow students are detained. The students were given a notice last night by the police that if they agitate they would have to face actions.

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5-year old gives new lease of life to six people; donates kidneys, heart valve, liver & eyes

Dr Arun N Palaniswami, Director Quality, KMCH claimed this was the youngest child to have donated her organs outside Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

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Mulayam, Nitish, Mamata, Kejriwal are a danger to nation, says Sakshi Maharaj

“If people of the country want Ram Mandir to be built at Ayodhya then what is the controversy,” he said.

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Student protesters to greet Gajendra Chauhan with cultural programme at FTII meeting today

“Despite a 139-day-long strike in the campus, several meetings with the ministers and the officials of information and broadcasting ministry, the questions we have raised have largely remained unanswered,” a statement released by the FTII students’ body read.

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