Valley on alert as additional troops deployed, Congress J-K policy planning group to meet on Friday

Manmohan Singh

Due to the recent decision of the Central government deploying additional troops in the valley, the political environment in the Kashmir has quickly escalated.

Therefore Congress J-K policy planning group has called for a meeting to be headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in New Delhi. The meeting will be convened on August 2.

Home Affairs Ministry last week announced the deployment of an additional 100 units of CPAF (Central Armed Police Force) to manage law & order situation in the state and strengthen the counter-infiltration network. This move has generated the political heat around abridgement of Article 35A of Constitution which gives Jammu & Kashmir the power to define its permanent residents.

Earlier Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir met Narendra Modi to request him not to take such legal steps that can hurt the environment of the state.

He also urged Modi to hold the elections before the end of 2019. Interestingly, BJP has announced Avinash Rai Khanna as Jammu and Kashmir poll in-charge.

The decision of government comes at the time when President rule is already imposed in the state, giving more fears to the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution. For assessing the ground-level situation in the state, Home Minister Amit Shah had called for a meeting of all J&K BJP leaders, top leaders of the state in the previous month. He also discussed the issue with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval extensively.

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