Amit Shah to visit J&K on Oct 1, 2

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be kick starting the BJP’s election campaign for Assembly polls for Jammu and Kashmir during a two-day visit to the Union Territory on October 1 and 2.
Shah will be holding two mammoth public rallies at Rajouri and Kupwara while third rally, scheduled earlier for Doda, hasn’t matured due to shortage of time.
Shah is reported to have communicated his schedule of Jammu and Kashmir visit to senior leaders of the party in New Delhi.
As per the schedule, Shah will reach Jammu on October 1 and after grand welcome will leave for Rajouri to address a massive public meeting there to start the party’s campaign for Assembly elections.
As per the BJP leaders, Shah could make an announcement on grant of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to Paharis, who have significant population in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
The BJP Government had recently nominated prominent Gujjar leader of the party Ghulam Ali Khatana to the Rajya Sabha.
The BJP planned to cover border districts of Poonch and Rajouri for Shah’s rally as Rajouri is also home district of party’s UT chief Ravinder Raina, who had won last Assembly election from Nowshera in 2014 with a thumping margin.
Moreover, complete peace prevails along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan in Rajouri and Poonch districts for past more than one and a half years since the fresh ceasefire agreement between Indo-Pak troops came into effect.
On return from Rajouri, Shah will meet UT office bearers and senior leaders of the party at the party office to discuss political situation and party’s preparations for the Assembly elections.
On October 2, the Union Home Minister will hold another mammoth public rally at Kupwara in Kashmir.
The Kashmir unit of the BJP planned to make it a big rally.
Shah is also likely to hold security review meeting with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and senior officers of all security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir especially the Valley where a large number of militants including top commanders and foreigners have been killed this year.
He is expected to return to New Delhi in the evening of October 2.
The rallies will be aimed at giving boost to political activities of the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Home Minister is likely to spend one day each in Jammu and Kashmir divisions during the visit.