Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is expected to discuss the ongoing tension between the allies (BJP-PDP) with PM Modi when she will meet him on April 23, media reports said on Saturday.
The Jammu and Kashmir CM will be in New Delhi for a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the states where the BJP is in power or in a coalition. As per reports, Mehbooba has sought a one-on-one with PM Modi to discuss the Kashmir imbroglio.
Things turned ugly between the allies when an independent MLA from Zanskar constituency, Baqir Rizvi, hitherto a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporter, crossed over to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee in the recently held legislative council elections. This was termed “backstabbing” by PDP leaders, who, as a mark of protest, did not attend Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected council members in the winter capital Jammu. Mehbooba too conveyed her displeasure to the BJP high command over the “cross-voting” of the independent MLA, reports added.
These developments have come even as students’ protest over forces personnel entering a college in Pulwama last week appeared to gather strength. Videos posted on social networking sites showed forces personnel beating up students inside the college premises.
Spontaneous protests broke out in universities, colleges and schools of the Valley over the Pulwama incident. For the last week, teaching in these institutions has remained suspended, in addition to suspension of mobile Internet services in the valley.