SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at the former’s official residence in New Delhi on Monday.
According to a report published by The Hindu, Mufti reached Gandhi’s residence around 5.30 p.m. for a one-to-one meeting, which lasted for around half an hour.
Mufti has downplayed the meeting, calling it an “apolitical meet” and a “courtesy call”. Quoting sources newspaper The Hindu reported that Mufti enquired about the health of Sonia Gandhi, who has been unwell.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti reaches the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/NW0ayL4u83
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However, the meeting assumed significance since the two leaders have not met since 2016, especially after the PDP-BJP alliance in J&K.
The death of Congress veteran Ahmed Patel, a permanent link between the two, in 2020 further widened the gulf between Sonia Gandhi and Mehbooba Mufti.
Mehbooba Mufti did share her concern over the “unending disempowerment of people of J&K” and “rising communal polarisation” across the country, The Hindu quoted sources as having said.