Malik meets Prez, discusses situation; other issues

Governor Satya Pal Malik calling on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.
Governor Satya Pal Malik calling on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.

Guv calls on injured DIG in AIIMS

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 4: Governor Satya Pal Malik today called on President Ram Nath Kovind and reportedly discussed with him issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, which was under the spell of President’s rule since December 19, 2018. Six-month term of the President’s rule is due to expire on 19th of next month and with no possibility of elections to the Legislative Assembly by then, the Prez rule has to be extended.
Though there was no official word by the State Government on Malik-Kovind meeting, sources said the Governor was reported to have briefed the President about security situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir, possibility of Assembly elections for which a decision has to be taken by the Election Commission of India, steps taken to keep the Valley normal during summer and other aspects of the situation like possible extension in the President’s rule beyond June 19, 2019.
The meeting lasted half an hour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, sources said.
Governor’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on June 19, 2018 following withdrawal of BJP support to Mehbooba Mufti-led Government. After expiry of six-month term of Governor’s rule, the State was brought under Presid-ent’s rule on December 19, 2018, the six-month term of which will also expire on June 19, 2019.
“With no possibility of formation of new Govern-ment by June 19 in the absence of Assembly elections by then, the President’s rule has to be extended by another six months,’’ sources said.
Assembly elections in the State are reportedly being considered in October-November.
Sources said the Governor was reported to have discussed with the President the improvement in security situation in the Kashmir valley during past few months with incidents of violence and stone pelting recording decline due to multiple steps taken by the State administration to reach out to the youth.
Meanwhile, an official handout issued by the State Government said Governor Satya Pal Malik today visited Trauma Centre in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi to enquire about the condition of Amit Kumar, former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Kashmir range, who was injured in an encounter with terrorists in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on February 18 this year.
Kumar had suffered bullet wound while leading from the front in the gun-battle. An Army Brigadier was also injured in the same encounter.
Malik also met Constable Feroz Ahmed, who was injured during terrorist attack at police post Chhanapora on April 26 and is undergoing treatment at the hospital.
He wished both the police personnel a speedy recovery and assured them of full support of the State Government.
The Governor was informed by the doctors that the injured police personnel were receiving the best treatment and were recovering well.