The state government is expecting the ‘next step’ as Home Minister Rajnath Singh is visiting Kashmir for two days. They hope that the political reach-out is at the top of his priorities.
“Lot of work has gone on the peacemaking in last few months,” one party insider said. “We believe he will announce certain measures.”
The “talk” is in the air and there is a lot of response from the other side as well. Earlier the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) positively commented to the possibility of talks formally. It is perhaps one rare day of a Home Minister’s visit when the JRL or any other separatist outfit has called for the strike.
As Singh is on way to Srinagar, the capital city is literally thrown out of gear. As the officials have closed certain roads and intersections, Srinagar was simmering in massive traffic jams, especially from the uptown side. It was not immediately known if the closure of roads was because of certain connected events or simply as a precautionary measure.
State government has chalked out a series of events in connection with Home Minister’s visit. Youth from various districts across the state were driven to Srinagar to attend a youth-related function. Singh will be flying to the periphery as well.