Pleasant surprise: Former separatist leader Sajjad Lone meets Narendra Modi
NEW DELHI: Former separatist and People’s Conference
leader Sajjad Lone on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the
two are believed to have discussed the possibility of his working with BJP
after the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Lone maintained after the meeting that he had apprised
the Prime Minister as a Kashmiri about the difficulties being faced by the
people of the Valley due to the September floods.
“I came as a Kashmiri to meet the Prime Minister and I
was pleasantly surprised with his down to earth personality, his vision about
bringing in investments into the state,” Lone told reporters after a
half-an-hour meeting with Modi.
However, sources in the know of the developments
claimed the meeting discussed the possible scenario post elections and how
People's Conference and BJP can work together.
The meeting with Modi comes after Lone, whose brother
Bilal is an executive member of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference, had
consultations with BJP leaders including Ram Madhav.
Lone has decided to revive People’s Conference founded
by his father Abul Gani Lone, who was killed by Pakistan-based militants, and
his party is contesting from 12 seats in Kupwara and Handwara.