Mufti meets Rajnath: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi, over the issue of development in the state. It is notable that regular terror activities in the state have hampered the development, and frequent reports of stone pelting have also emerged as an added nuisance.The state government’s decision to release the first offenders of stone-pelting can, therefore, have important undertones in the meeting.On February 6, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, replying on behalf of Minister for Home, informed that the government has approved the withdrawal of cases registered against 530 first-time offenders from Shopian during the period 2008-2017, on the basis of recommendations of the Committee constituted by the government.About J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti:
The 56-year-old leader is the daughter of the former chief minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who died in January. Her father’s death led to weeks of wrangling between Ms Mufti and India’s ruling BJP, over the future of their coalition government. Analysts say Ms Mufti may face challenges from within her own regional party, as well as from the coalition. Mufti took oath after a delay of nearly three months since her father’s death. It was a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 March that finally allowed the re-stitching of the “unusual” alliance of two diametrically opposite political parties, Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Although the PDP was launched in 1999 with her father as its president and Ms Mufti as its vice-president, much of the credit for building the party goes to her. She organised the party ranks and led its campaigns in the state as well as in parliamentary elections. Mufti took the plunge into politics in 1996 as a Congress party candidate when the Indian government decided to hold elections to the assembly in Jammu and Kashmir. The unassuming, soft-spoken Ms Mufti was an unknown face until she filed her nomination papers for the polls.
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