SRINAGAR: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday met Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti - a visit which is being seen as a politically significant one given the fast-paced developments in Jammu and Kashmir after the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
Gandhi, after arriving from Delhi, drove straight from the airport to the Fairview residence of Mehbooba in Gupkar Road area of Srinagar at 3pm. She stayed with the PDP president for about 20 minutes.
The Congress president was accompanied by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress general secretary Ambika Soni, state Congress chief G A Mir and party leader Saifuddin Soz. The Congress has, however, maintained that it was not a political visit. "Sonia Gandhi's visit was just to offer prayer and condolence. There was no political agenda involved, you should ask Mehboobaji about the political developments in the state," Ghulam Nabi Azad said after the meeting. There are already some anxieties about the future of PDP-BJP alliance in the state. There are many who feel that the contradictions between the two parties could become exacerbated. Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh visited Mehbooba and held long consultations after her father's death. Ram Madhav also visited, one of the very few people she agreed to meet. And today, Union minister Nitin Gadkari also visited Mehbooba's home to offer condelence to the family.
"I met Mehbooba Mufti to express grief. It was not a political meet," Gadkari said, according to Times of India.