Mehbooba holds talks with arch rivals

Former Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti, is trying to forge a united approach of parties in the wake of recent developments in the state and has held talks with arch rivals National Conference as well as People’s Conference and CPI-M.

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said that the PDP leader had spoken to him and he would convene an all party meeting after his return to Kashmir from Delhi.

“Yes, she spoke to me yesterday (Monday) about an all party meeting. I will convene it once I reach Srinagar,” Abdullah said.

Mehbooba took to Twitter saying she had spoken to People’s Conference leaders Sajad Gani Lone and Imran Ansari in this regard.

“Spoke to heads of J&K mainstream parties including my former colleagues @sajadlone & @imranrezaansari regarding emerging developments in the state. There is a growing consensus that the present situation demands recalibration of response & a united approach,” she tweeted.

Mehbooba had Monday asked Farooq Abdullah to convene an all-party meeting.

“In light of recent developments that have caused a sense of panic amongst people in J&K, I’ve requested Dr Farooq Abdullah sahab to convene an all party meeting. Need of the hour is to come together & forge a united response. We the people of Kashmir need to stand up as one,” she had tweeted.

Meanwhile, hoping that the central government would review its approach towards Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti said, “The recent indicators have created an understandable fear among the people. Our special status is the result of a unique historical process. The constant erosion of that position has not only thrown us into an unending turmoil and uncertainty, it also has cost one of the most promising regions of the world its actual potential of growth and greatness.”

“Article 370 and its corollary 35-A are now the only safeguards for the state’s unique ethnic, cultural and demographic architecture. Any fiddling with it will convert a constitutional and valid legal relationship into a virtual assault,” she added.

She appealed to the civil society, socio-cultural organisations, trade bodies, scholars, academics and separatists to unite and play their constructive role.