Committed to restoring statehood to J&K, PM Modi assures Gupkar leaders

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration leaders, who met  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, said the PM assured that he is committed to restoring statehood to the Union territory of J&K.

PM Modi listened to the suggestions and inputs from all participants of the meeting, and expressed happiness that all participants shared their honest views. The discussions were centered around building a better future for Kashmir, sources said.

According to sources, the prime minister said there would be political differences, but everyone should work in national interest so that people of Jammu and Kashmir can benefit. He stressed that atmosphere of safety and security needs to be ensured for all in the Union territory.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they made five demands during the meeting, including granting of statehood to the Union territory, conduct assembly elections to restore democracy, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in J&K, and release of all political detainees.

Azad said Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the government is committed to granting statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.

During the three-hour long meeting, the prime minister also asked the political leaders from the state to participate in the delimitation process. “We have been assured that this is the roadmap towards elections,” said J&K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhar said, adding that PM Modi said the election process will begin when delimitation process finishes.

People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone said the meeting was held in a very cordial manner and added that, “We came out quite positive that hopefully there will be some delivery for the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” reports news agency ANI.

“All political parties presented their opinions. I think that in the time to come, political process is going to begin. Election will also be held after the delimitation process. Assembly will be constituted there once again,” Kavinder Gupta of the BJP said.

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