Perks for separatists: Was J&K CM Mehbooba behind decision reversal?

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Srinagar, Sept 9: There seems to be trouble brewing for Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti. While the Home Ministry had decided that it would downgrade security to the separatist leaders, it was Mehbooba who had raised concerns over it.

At the all party delegation meet, some leaders had expressed concern about downgrading security for the separatists and this led to the home minister stating at the meet that the issue had been misinterpreted.

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Mufti for perks for separatists?

Before the all party delegation visited J&K last week, Mehbooba is said to have called JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav and expressed concern over such a move. She said that the situation could worsen if the Centre went ahead with that move.

Was goovt Cornered

Following the Sept 4-5 visit to J&K, the all party delegation met at New Delhi on Wednesday. The home minister and other members of the government were taken aback when the issue regarding perks and security for separatists was raised.

The government which is looking for a solution did not want to derail the process and hence told the members of the delegation that it was not proposing any such move.

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The opposition leaders told the home minister that such a move would not serve any good at this moment. It could further worsen the situation, the opposition leaders led by Congress' Mallikarjuna Kharge said.

The opposition insisted that talks must be held with all stake holders including separatists.

Kharge who was in Bengaluru on Thursday was asked if stakeholders would mean the Hurriyat Conference as well to which he replied that it would include the Hurriyat as well.

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