Elections will be held after delimitation, PM Modi assures J&K leaders

Almost 22 months since union govt abolished Article 370, the Centre today promised to complete the entire electoral process once the exercise of delimitation is realised in a time-bound manner.

After the meeting, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the prime minister assured that the government was committed to hold elections and restore statehood to J&K. The PM said he wanted to call this meeting of J&K leaders last year, but Covid-19 delayed the plan.

“We have placed five demands before the government including holding early elections and restoring statehood to the state,” said Congress leader and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“The talks were held in a good atmosphere today. The Prime Minister heard our issues of all leaders. PM said that election process will begin when delimitation process finishes,” said J&K Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari following the meet.

Terming the meeting “cordial” and “positive”, People’s Conference leader Muzzafar Hussain Baig said PM Modi assured that he will do everything to make Jammu and Kashmir a zone of peace rather than conflict. “All leaders demanded statehood. To which PM said, the delimitation process should conclude first and then other issues will be addressed. It was a satisfactory meeting. There was complete unanimity for restoring peace in Jammu and Kashmir,” Baig added.

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