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PM speaks to Mufti, invites him for talks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 18
With PDP continuing to boycott Cabinet meeting in Jammu and Kashmir, on the issue of withdrawal of troops from the state, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited the leader of the key coalition partner, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, to resolve the differences for talks here on Tuesday.

Concerned over PDP’s stance, according to sources in the PDP and PMO, the Prime Minister spoke to Mufti last night and asked him to come to the national Capital for talks to resolve the differences.

PDP ministers have been boycotting Cabinet meeting since February 28 demanding withdrawal of troops from the state and scrapping of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). This stand of the PDP led to speculation that the party is considering pulling out from the ruling coalition.

However, political analysts here feel that the meeting between the Prime Minister and Mufti is apparently a face-saver for the PDP leaders to return to the Cabinet.

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