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Modi gets Telangana & security updates

New Delhi, May 19: Union home secretary Anil Goswami today briefed Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi about the security situation and “priority areas” that would need his government’s immediate attention.

Sources said Goswami was with Modi for about 40 minutes at Gujarat Bhavan and discussed matters relating to the creation of Telangana, Centre-state relations and the Pakistan policy.

Goswami is believed to have informed Modi that over a dozen notifications needed to be issued on June 2, the day Telangana comes into existence, to split resources between the fledgling state and Andhra Pradesh.

Some officials hinted a new Pakistan policy might be in the works. Although the general perception is that Modi might pursue an aggressive policy against Pakistan, a source said such a thing might not happen.

“That may not be the case and it will be borne out by the selection of the national security adviser,” the source said.

The frontrunner for the post of NSA appears to be former Intelligence Bureau chief Ajit Doval, the main negotiator of the 1999 Kandahar hijacking. A 1968-batch IPS officer, Doval is known as the best “operational brain” in intelligence circles.

Doval met Modi today, reports PTI. “I was called for a meeting and I briefed him,” he said, but did not elaborate.

The names of Kanwal Sibal and Hardeep Puri are also doing the rounds for NSA.

Goswami is also believed to have discussed with Modi the security threat from Maoists in central and eastern India and briefed him about the policy in place to keep them in check.