Harbans S Nagokay
It would be perhaps astonishing to see that despite being in winter capital of the state, two top leaders of the coalition government vis Chief Minister -Mehbooba Mufti and Union Finance Minister-Arun Jaitley are unlikely to meet.
According to political observers, on August 21, Union Finance Minister-Arun Jaitley is arriving in Jammu and in the same evening Chief Minister-Mehbooba Mufti is visiting the winter capital of the state, but there is no scheduled meet between the two top leaders, which raises questions over the coordination and agreement between the two coalition partners.
Union Finance Minister is visiting the state to participate in the concluding function of the ongoing Tiranga Yatra, which has been started by the party to mark the 70th Independence Day, while as chief minister is supposed to inspect the ongoing developmental works in the region.
The political observers in Jammu are apprehensive to see how two top leaders cross each other without meeting.
“On one side, Chief Minister is upset over the prevailing situation in Kashmir and her visit to Jammu is surprising amid how things are unfolding, while as on the other side Union Finance minister is visiting Jammu, expected to bring some resolution for the unrest in valley,” said observers, adding “The two top ministers are not scheduled to meet, which is surprising, but some associates from both sides must meet to discuss prevailing situation.”
There are reports that the two leaders are not meeting and in such a case, they are leaving vacuum, which can be filed by informal and formal talks.
Talking about visit of Jaitley, sources said that he will land in Jammu in the morning and will directly go to the residence of Dr Jitendra for breakfast, from where both the leaders along with battery of other leaders from Delhi will visit Smailpur Village in Samba to participate in the concluding function of the Tiranga Yatra. Holding the function at Smailpur is significant in the sense that it is the birth place of one of the founders of the Jan Sangh and icons of Jammu, Pandit Prem Nath Dogra and visit of Finance Minister should not alienate him from Kashmir unrest.
Meanwhile, the chief minister-Mehbooba Mufti will arrive tomorrow in the evening and will inspect ongoing development works at Bhagwati Nagar Bridge, Sarwal Estate Quarters, Talab Khatikan and cable car project.
Though, the timing of both the leaders is different, but not meeting at this crucial juncture projects an unhealthy impression among people.