JK Deputy CM meets Shah, discusses situation post Alam release

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New Delhi, Mar 10: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Tuesday met party President Amit Shah and apprised him of the situation in the state in the wake of the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam.

According to BJP sources, Singh met Shah at the latter's residence here and informed him of the party state unit's stand on the controversial release and the memorandum it had handed over to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

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The sources said during the meeting, Singh told Shah that he and other state party leaders had raised strong objections to Alam's release, which was done unilaterally by ally PDP without discussion with BJP.

BJP is sharing power with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir after the December assembly elections threw a fractured verdict. The Deputy Chief Minister also informed the party chief about the steps taken with regard to release of other separatist leaders in future, with BJP telling the Chief Minister that no step would be taken without discussion and consultation with it.

Other senior party leaders from the state including party president Jugal Kishore Sharma also met Shah. The party leaders in the state had yesterday protested against Mufti's decision to release Alam without consultations with BJP and handed over a memorandum to him, conveying the party leadership's "annoyance" over the matter.

The party leaders conveyed to Sayeed that the decision to release Alam was not discussed with BJP and done unilaterally, which was against the agenda of the Common Minimum Programme agreed between the allies. BJP has said there should be no further release of militants or political prisoners in Jammu and Kashmir without proper consultations between the two allies.

The party also said it had a "zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and separatism" and did not agree with the move and was against it. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said BJP was against the decision to release Alam, a Hurriyat hardliner.

PTI

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