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Shah meets RSS leaders over govt formation in J-K

Shah meets RSS leaders over govt formation in J-K
Shah drove down to “Keshav Kunj”, the RSS office in Jhandewalan in Delhi, and separately met the Sangh’s second-in-command Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi, besides RSS joint general secretaries Dattatreya Hosbole, Suresh Soni and Krishan Gopal.

Shah also held a separate meeting with Krishan Gopal, the RSS points-man in dealing with BJP affairs, with whom he is learnt to have discussed crucial issues.

The issues include talks with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over government formation in the valley after the split verdict in December and BJP’s support to Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi during the trust vote in the State Assembly on Friday.

The BJP chief also discussed Delhi poll debacle with the RSS leaders before leaving “Keshav Kunj” after an hour.

Recently, the government formation in valley received a last minute hurdle after PDP asked for a written assurance from BJP that the existing constitutional status of state should remain same.

With the setback, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has intervened to chalk out Common Minimum Programme (CMP) based on the suggestions of both the parties, with the PDP’s Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as Chief Minister.

The PDP, which emerged as a largest party in Muslim dominated Kashmir valley, is against any attempt to weaken Article 370, which is seen as vital for the autonomy of the state by residents.

Sources said, BJP might give some last minute political twist over Article 370 and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and sensing a future hurdle, Sayeed want a written assurance from the saffron party.

Earlier, BJP leaders have suggested that the need for Article 370 should be debated because it promotes separatism. It was learnt that BJP is not ready to give up completely on its stand and is pushing for a “subtle distinction” on Article 370.

On AFSPA, PDP has also asked for a phased withdrawal, which gives the army the authority to make arrests without warrants. It is said to have suggested that the mechanism could be reinstated if necessary and sources said the two parties could settle on a flexible stand.
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