The Election Commission today discussed the unprecedented election-day violence and poor voter turnout in the bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.
The delegation is expected to meet a cross section of people, individuals and organisations in its efforts to bring peace in Kashmir Valley which has been witnessing unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
As unrest in the Kashmir Valley continued for the 51st consecutive day, the Home Minister reviewed the situation with top BJP and government functionaries.
This is the second visit of Singh in a month to the Valley which has been witnessing unrest since July 8 when Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.
The Prime Minister said his government stands with the state of Jammu and Kashmir and suggested that all political parties should reach out to the people and convey the same.
The delegation led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of the National Conference will apprise Modi of the ground situation in the state, which is in the grip of a prolonged spell of violence and lockdown since the gunning down of militant commander Burhan Wani by security forces on July 8, and highlight the plight of Kashmiri people.
"The failure of the central government to acknowledge that the issue in Kashmir is largely of a political nature has worsened the already volatile situation," Omar, who was leading a delegation of 20 opposition leaders, told reporters after an hour-long meeting with the President.
The opposition National Conference working president had yesterday hit out at the Centre for claiming that the situation in the Valley was improving.
Mehbooba, in an interview to a private TV news channel, said: "Many forces have come together to vitiate atmosphere, send children to various areas to create trouble." On the protest against the Chief Minister at an examination centre, Omar asked what Mehbooba was doing there.
"Isn't Congress fed up of planting 'Rahul's imminent elevation' stories?" Omar, who was an ally of Congress in UPA-II, wrote on Twitter.
"By not focusing the benefits of #UnionBudget2016 on the #suitboot (reference to corporate) people, @arunjaitley has cleverly made the opposition's job a bit tougher," Omar Abdullah tweeted.
"That was quick. Here's the first major challenge to the PM (Narendra) Modi's bold Pakistan gambit," Omar wrote on Twitter about the Pathankot attack.
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government was committed to implement the order of the state High Court prohibiting sale and slaughter of bovine animals, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said today and accused the separatists and opposition political parties of communalising the whole issue.
"Mufti(Mohammad Sayeed)-(Narendra) Modi jugalbandi - first I'll detain them, then you detain them & together we'll make sure these talks just don't take place. Wah!" Omar wrote on microblogging site Twitter.
Taking a dig at the government, Rahul started his speech by praising the Prime Minister and once again accused the government of being pro-corporate.
Due to heavy rains over the past 36 hours, river Jhelum was flowing above the danger mark at several places including Sangam in Anantnag district and Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar.
For the BJP, Omar's NC would have been a less prickly customer than PDP, but the stars were clearly against any such alignment.
Modi made the revelation while intervening in the discussion on Alam's release which saw the opposition unitedly targeting the Centre for what it called was an "anti-national" decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who met the 25 party MLAs in Jammu on Thursday, said BJP president Amit Shah has been authorised to decide about the future course of action on the issue of government formation in the state. He is likely to leave for Srinagar to hold further talks with the stakeholders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vigorous campaign in Jammu and Kashmir failed to make a breakthrough in the Valley but made it a dominant party in the Jammu region where it has won three seats and is ahead in 22 of the 37 seats.
Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing in Hamirpur sub-sector in Poonch district around 21.30 hours after which the Indian troops guarding the border retaliated effectively, resulting in exchange of fire.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to spend this Diwali with the flood-hit victims of Jammu and Kashmir is also visiting the soldiers posted at Siachen Glacier.
A week into the disaster, large parts of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, lay under water with many people still trapped atop their homes, and others crowded in relief camps.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Home Ministry to send high-level teams of central officials to coordinate relief operations. Communication lines have also improved in state.
Abdullah said there was some disagreement between the NC and UPA on an administrative manner relating to Kashmir.