Tightening embrace: Drabu to meet RSS chief, Mehbooba to get berth in Modi’s expanded cabinet

Srinagar: Ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is all set to explain Kashmir to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh—the ideological fountain head of its coalition partner BJP— in the coming month of May, while one of its members is likely to get a berth in soon-to-be expanded Union cabinet.
According to a New Delhi-based online web portal, Daily O, state finance minister Haseeb Drabu had been invited to meet the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur early next month.
“You can be sure the BJP-PDP wheel will come full circle. Drabu has been invited to spend a couple of days at the RSS headquarters and “explain Kashmir” both to the willing and unwilling,” the report said.
The PDP-BJP coalition partners, who started on a tense note, particularly their diametrically opposite views on the release of pro-freedom leader Masrat Alam, seem to have finally overcome their difficulties and are moving towards a deepening relationship, it said.
The Daily O reports that Modi and Mufti are “contemplating today to make their places permanent in the history”.
“Just as he (Mufti Sayeed) did the daring—and completely right legally—thing by releasing Masarat Alam, Mufti is expected to open up to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in ways that have never been seen before,” the daily O reports.
“There will be trade, travel, joint cooperation in saving the environment—such as dealing with the Jhelum which, disdainful of borders and lines of control, criss-crosses between the two countries—and perhaps, even tourism,” it states.
As the coalition partners embrace themselves in a tight hug, media reports quoting sources revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to expand his council of ministers to include a key leader from Kashmir.
The reports stated that PDP president and Member of Parliament Mehbooba Mufti will be inducted into the 65-member council.
The report said that Modi is expected to announce the changes before he departs for an overseas trip on April 8.