With J&K polls on backdrop, Abdullahs meet PM Modi

With J&K polls on backdrop, Abdullahs meet PM Modi

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New Delhi, Aug 1 : Amid speculation that assembly elections in the militancy-hit state of Jammu and Kashmir could be announced later this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar.
"The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere and we are grateful to Narendra Modi sahab for meeting with us today," Mr Omar Abdullah tweeted. A similar missive from the PMO's official twitter handle also said: "Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar and former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah as well as former Chief Minister of J&K Shri Omar Abdullah called on PM Narendra Modi".

The PMO tweet also tagged a photograph of the meeting.

The meeting between National Conference top leaders and the Prime Minister assume significance as it comes amid hints from state BJP leaders that the polls in Jammu and Kashmir, which is at present under President's Rule, may be announced by the Election Commission by third week of August.

Putting the ensuing assembly elections in the state on fast track, the BJP on Wednesday appointed party's national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna as the party-in-charge for the upcoming polls in the militancy-hit state. Key BJP leaders including the likes of working president J P Nadda, party general secretary Organisation B L Santhosh and general secretary Ram Madhav held a crucial meeting on Tuesday late evening with the state leaders.

National Conference was part of BJP-led NDA during the stint of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister and Omar Abdullah was Minister of State for External Affairs.

However, National Conference later parted ways from the saffron alliance and Omar himself turned a bitter critic of the BJP.

National Conference at later stage joined UPA and for his part, Farooq Abdullah joined the Union Cabinet as the New and Renewable Energy between 2009 and 2014.

BJP was an alliance of Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP in the state for a while but both parties parted ways in 2018. (UNI)