Vohra discusses measures to restore peace at all-party meet

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jun 2018 09:47:23




JAMMU and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Friday chaired an all-party meeting of mainstream political parties here where measures to restore peace in the State were discussed. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of National Conference, President of State Congress unit Ghulam Ahmad Mir, General secretary of Peoples Democratic Party Dilawar Mir, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sat Sharma, President of Peoples Democratic Front Hakim Yasin and many other leaders of various parties attended the meeting at the Raj Bhawan here.

Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti did not attend the meeting, but called on Vohra earlier on Friday.Senior bureaucrats including Advisor to Governor B B Vyas, State Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, State Police Chief S P Vaid were also present during the meeting. State Congress chief told reporters that leaders of all parties assured the Governor full support to restore peace in the State, but asserted that efforts must be focused on holding early elections so that a democratic Government takes office in the State. The National Conference along with other parties favoured the dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and holding fresh polls, at an all-party meeting.

According to political sources, former Chief Minister and vice president of National Conference Omar Abdullah urged upon the Governor to take some Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) and ensure that there was zero-tolerance towards human rights violations. Abdullah hoped to see an improvement in governance as the administration had come in hands of the Governor.

“Since no political party has the numbers to form the Government and no combination of political parties has staked claim for Government formation, there is no option but to dissolve the Assembly in order to prevent horse-trading and other such corrupt practices,” Harsh Dev Singh of Panthers Party told reporters here.“While PDP representative Dilawar Mir favoured continuation of the Assembly and allowing the MLAs to work, the BJP remained silent on the issue,” he said.

Democratic Nationalist Party chief G H Mir said the main aim of the all-party meeting was to find ways to improve the situation in the state and all political parties gave inputs on how to do it.The meeting also discussed the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra. Vohra apprised the leaders about the measures to ensure a hassle-free Yatra.Meanwhile, a Raj Bhavan spokesman said the Governor held wide-ranging discussions with the political leadership on issues related to internal security, law and order, development, educational problems, besides the political scenario in the State. Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed has alleged that no invitation was sent to him to attend the all-party meeting.