By Our Correspondent
SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI:Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met about 20 delegations of civil society, some more political parties, Pahari community leaders and several individuals on the second day of his visit to Srinagar today.
A six-member delegation of the resident Sikh community discussed with the Union Home Minister the concerns of minorities in the state. A 3-member delegation of Panthers Party also met Rajnath Singh. Earlier a delegation of Coordination Committee of the Janata Dal (United) also met the Union Home Minister.
Later, the Chief Minister of J&K, Mehbooba Mufti met the Union Home Minister. The two leaders held detailed discussions on security situation and reviewed development projects. The Union Home Minister also held a meeting with the Governor Shri NN Vohra and State Cabinet Ministers led by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh. Interacting with the media before winding up his visit, Shri Rajnath Singh announced that a nodal officer will be designated in MHA to address the grievances of the people of Kashmir directly.
Rajnath Singh, accompanied by the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Senior Officers of MHA, returned New Delhi later this afternoon. During his two-day stay at the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar, the Union Home Minister held over ten meetings yesterday with a wide spectrum of political parties and chaired a meeting of Senior Officers of Security Agencies and State Government to review the security situation in the Kashmir Valley.
Delegations of all major political parties including the state’s ruling PDP and BJP, main opposition National Conference, besides Congress, CPI(M), regional People’s Conference, People’s Democratic Front and Democratic Party Nationalists held talks with Shri Rajnath Singh.
During his two-day visit the Union Home Minister met about 400 persons in 30 delegations and received their inputs on the J&K situation. He also appealed to the people to help maintain law & order and restore peace.