PM Modi Visiting Ladakh, Srinagar On May 19

SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir on May 19, official sources said.

Modi would fly to Leh directly for a function related to Kaushak Bakula’s birth anniversary. After his engagement concludes in Leh, Modi would fly to Srinagar where he would be laying teh foundation stone of various projects, officials said.

The 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche (19 May 1917 – 4 November 2003) was a Buddhist spiritual leader who also served as India’s ambassador to Mongolia. He is credited for reviving Buddhism in Mongolia and Russia by linking them with the community of Tibetan exiles in India. He was recognised as the Thirteenth Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of Bakula Arhat, one of the 16, Arhats who in legend were direct disciples of Gautama Buddha.

Officials privy to the scheduled high profile visit were not fully aware of any public meeting or a grand interaction with the officials or the political parties. “It will be known within a couple of days,” they said. The source in the government hoped that the Prime Minister could announce some measures that would help ease the situation.

Another official said the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Kishanganga power project that is awaiting a formal function for almost a month now. Besides, he will lay the foundation stone of the ring road Jammu. He will have a meeting with the governor N N Vohra and teh chief minister Mehbooba Mufti as well.

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