As PM, Deve Gowda visited J&K despite SPG objections: Farooq Abdullah.


Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda visited Jammu and Kashmir several times during his 10-month tenure, but his second visit to the erstwhile state in August 1996 came despite objections by the security establishment as he wanted to instil confidence among the people, National Conference chairman Farooq Abdullah said on Monday.

Abdullah was speaking at the launch of Deve Gowda’s biography, Furrows In A Field: The Unexplored Life of HD Deve Gowda, by journalist Sugata Srinivasaraju. Also present were veteran constitutional jurist and Senior Advocate Fali Nariman, senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Deve Gowda was present in the audience but did not speak.

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