Jammu and Kashmir see an important meeting between PM Mr. Narendra Modi and the prominent J&K leaders. The meeting was integral because it was the first meet after the abrogation of Article 370 in the state in 2019.
The meeting revolved around deciding on the statehood of the same. PM Modi said that statehood would make a return at the “right time.” Moreover, talks on conducting elections were the main focus of this meet. The meeting saw 14 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir.
Additionally, the Prime Minister mainly focused on creating a stable situation in what has been an area of conflict. Besides, he also said that delimitation has to occur faster to enable a democratic government in the region. He tweeted, “Our priority is to strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K. Delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that polls can happen and J&K gets an elected Government that gives strength to J&K’s development trajectory.”
“Committed To Ensure All-Round Development of Jammu and Kashmir”-Amit Shah
The Home Minister of the country, Mr. Amit Shah, too tweeted regarding elections. He wrote, “We are committed to ensure an all-round development of J&K… the delimitation exercise and peaceful elections are important milestones in restoring statehood as promised in parliament.”
Mehbooba Mufti, too, was there at the meet. The ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir had only strong words regarding Article 370. She still holds support for Article 370. The PDP leader said, “People of J&K will struggle constitutionally, democratically, peacefully. Be it months or years; we’ll restore Article 370 in J&K as it’s a matter of our identity. We didn’t get it from Pakistan; it was given to us by our country, by Nehru, Sardar Patel.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the seniormost leaders of the Congress party, said that they had put five demands in front of the government. An interesting demand by Congress was the rehabilitation of the Hindu Pandits. In addition, some of the other demands put forward were returning statehood to the area, conducting elections, and many others.
Moreover, the President of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress also expressed his opinions. He said, “People in the state are shocked after the developments in 2019. We’ll wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda for today’s meeting and respond accordingly.”
Jammu and Kashmir have always remained a region of conflict in the country, especially since the Independence. The Narendra Modi-led central government stripped down the special status of the state in 2019. Since the same, the situation has been tricky in the region with the state’s bifurcation into two union territories.
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