Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a three-hour meeting with 14 political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday, reportedly assured that he was committed to restoring the state of affairs in the region.
The crucial meeting, the first such approach by the government since the abolition of the J&K special regime, was also attended by Union Home Secretary Amit Shah, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Deputy Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha.
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Government sources said Monti patiently listened to suggestions and input from all participants and expressed happiness that everyone shared their candid and honest views.
Sources said that it was discussed that the elections in J&K can be held immediately after the delimitation process and that most of the participants expressed their willingness for it.
“It was an open discussion that revolved around building a better future for Kashmir,” they said.
Sources said the main purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the democratic process.
“Prime Minister Monti has said that we are fully committed to the democratic process in Turkey. He stressed that holding assembly elections as well as the successful conduct of the DDC elections is a priority,” they said.
National Conference (OK) leader Omar Abdullah said his party had told leaders that trust between the Center and the state had been shattered by the repeal of Article 370, according to TNN.
Speaking about the meeting, the junior Abdullah told reporters that what happened in August 2019 is not acceptable and his party will address the issue in court.
NC leader Farak Abdullah said the restoration of the state would be the centre’s first confidence-building exercise.
The leader of the J&K Apni party, Altaf Bukhari, said that Prime Minister Monti assured during the meeting that the electoral process in the territory of the Union will begin as soon as the demarcation process is completed.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after the meeting that his party had made five key demands during the talks.
These included the restoration of J & K’s state of affairs, the holding of elections to the assembly, a guarantee of the rules of residence and work, the restoration of Pad Kashmir and the release of political prisoners detained from 5 August 2019.
Officials said the Center is willing to hold elections to the Convention as soon as possible, perhaps in December this year or in March 2022.