NEW DELHI - Hours after the shocking decision by the BJP to pull of Jammu and Kashmir government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level security meeting in the National Capital on Monday.
The high-level security meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary and Joint Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir and other officers.
It is interesting to know that earlier in the day, Doval had met BJP chief Amit Shah also.
With Governor NN Vohra in-charge of the state for the time being and the Indian Army resuming its operation ‘all out’ in Jammu and Kashmir post the Ramzan ceasefire, the meeting assumes greater significance as it is seen as an attempt by the Centre to chalk out new Kashmir policy.
Though Mehbooba Mufti is against such a ‘muscular policy’, the ground reality is that the deteriorating security situation in the Valley may force the Modi government to explore a robust response.
The fast-paced developments come in the backdrop of sensational killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari on the eve of Eid ul-Fitr.
Many believe that the way Mufti government was handling the radical elements in the Valley was not enough.
In the state elections in 2015, the BJP won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member Assembly. The two parties came together to form government with an Agenda of Alliance.
With no party having enough numbers, the state may be heading towards early election. National Conference senior leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also said that it would be better for the state if the people of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to choose their government.
Meanwhile, the Congress also ruled out any tie-up with the PDP after the BJP pulled out of the ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir .
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said here that the BJP had committed a "Himalayan blunder" by forming a government with the PDP.
He said the BJP, a national party, should not have allied with PDP, a regional player.
"The regional parties should have been allowed to form an alliance among themselves," he told reporters here.
The alliance has devastated the state, be it economically or socially, and has left Jammu and Kashmir in a state of "ruins", he said.