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Tame' news channels, PDP leaders tell Rajnath
9/13/2017 11:26:40 PM

Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 13: Some leaders from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) have sought Union Home Ministry's intervention to end debates on Kashmir on television channels, which they claim fuel anger in the Valley.
Sources said during the recent visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Srinagar, some senior politicians from the ruling PDP told him that the broadcast of news debates on Kashmir was "aggravating the situation."
It was reliably learnt that around one dozen delegations, including the one led by a restaurant owner who is coming up with an exhibition in "financial collaboration" with a PDP leader in Srinagar this week, told the Home Minister that news debates were doing no good to Kashmir.
Sources said at least three PDP leaders and two businessmen were assigned the job of "counseling" the delegates that not to forget tendering "resentment against the news debates on Kashmir."
Official sources confirmed that all such delegates who were "planted by this coterie" told the Home Minister that the news debates were "a cause of worsening situation."
Interestingly, sources said the main reason behind this plot was to safeguard some of the PDP leaders who are otherwise expected to land in the NIA net in the coming times for "hawala trading."
"Some of these leaders who apprehend being trapped in the hawala net think that the investigations can be hampered only if TV debates are stopped. And thus with this card was played," the sources said.
Insiders said some of the Union ministry officials were puzzled by the logic of Kashmir delegates that debates on TV channels be banned. "For a learnt person it's enough to understand that only those who are scared of debates on hawala money will seek an end to such TV programs," said an insider.
As already reported by Early Times, the divisional administration of Kashmir, which was the nodal agency to facilitate public meeting with the Home Ministry played an allegedly "dubious role" by not allowing the credible voices to meet Rajnath Singh.
It was reliably learnt that the coterie of PDP leaders, who "wanted to hijack the high-profile visit for person interests", allowed only their favourites to meet the Home Minister while requests of "independent and upright voices" were trashed.
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