Jammu and Kashmir has been put on alert for the next 48 hours ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s all-party meet with political leaders from the UT. Similar orders have been issued for areas along the Line of Control (LoC).
Internet services in the Union Territory of J&K could also be snapped on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meet of political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir. The invitation was accepted by leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), Congress and a number of other J&K-based parties.
The all-party meeting comes nearly two years after Parliament voted on the abrogation of Article 370.
Who all are attending?
Former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta and J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina left Jammu for New Delhi on Thursday. A former ally of the BJP, Mehbooba Mufti of the PDP, was also seen leaving Srinagar to attend the all-party meet.
Leaders of PAGD, a coalition of mainstream parties in J&K, met at National Conference leader and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s residence on Wednesday and held discussions for an hour.
PAGD leaders meeting at Farooq Abdullah’s residence in Srinagar on Thursday (Photo Credits: PTI)
The meeting will also be attended by former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and J&K Congress chief GA Mir. The decision to take part was taken in a high-level meeting of the Congress chaired by interim party president Sonia Gandhi.
Agenda of all-party meet
In fact, the meeting comes at a time when the Delimitation Commission for J&K is holding deliberations with stakeholders and is likely to present a report. This report, based on the 2011 Census and submissions by district collectors from across J&K, could lead to the possibility of assembly elections in the UT.
While the Centre has not set an agenda, delimitation, statehood and other key issues are likely to be discussed during the all-party meeting on Friday.