Rajnath visits Anantnag, interacts with political workers

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday visited this South Kashmir district where he met activists affiliated with ruling People’s Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party at Khabanal Dakbanglow.
Rajnath visits Anantnag, interacts with political workers
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday visited this South Kashmir district where he met activists affiliated with ruling People's Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party at Khabanal Dakbanglow.

Singh's chopper landed in an Army camp in Khanabal at 3.40 pm and he straight away drove to Dakbanglow and met the activists of various political parties and discussed the present situation in Kashmir, officials said.

Among PDP leaders, its general secretary Sartaj Madni, Peer Mansoor Hussain, spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir and Nizam-ud-din Khatana met Singh. However, no local MLA from any other political party was part of the meeting. Some local BJP leaders were however present.

The meeting was closed-door and no media person was allowed inside.

Singh, after holding the meeting for around 45 minutes, again boarded the chopper again and left for Srinagar.

"I told the Home Minister to talk to Syed Ali Geelani and slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani's father," said Mohiuddin Shabnum, a NC activist-turned-PDP activist from Anantnag, who was part of the meeting.

Sources said the Home Minister told the members present in the meeting to help the government restore peace in Kashmir Valley.  

Talking to Greater Kashmir, Sartaj Madni said they stressed upon the Home Minister to "address the political issue of Kashmir through talks, whether with Pakistan or separatists."

He said they also sought ban on use of pellet guns. "The Home Minister agreed on finding an alternative while dealing with crowds," Madni said.

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