Ghulam Nabi Azad Places Congress’ 5 Demands At PM Modi’s Meet With J&K Leaders At 7LKM

Walking out of 7 Lok Kalyan Marg after a 3.5-hours-meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi alongside mainstream Jammu & Kashmir political parties, former Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Congress has placed five demands before the Centre. Azad, who was aided by his Congress companions Ghulam Ahmed Mir and Tara Chand, said that the meeting took place in a conducive environment and that there was no hostility. Azad also revealed that there were no restrictions in the meeting and representatives were allowed to bring up any issue and speak freely without any time constraint. 

Divulging details of the five demands placed by Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that restoration of statehood is first and foremost. The second demand is to conduct elections to the legislative assembly as the environment is now conducive, considering the ceasefire at LoC and the smooth conduct of DDC polls. The third demand, he said, was to restore domicile laws held by citizens of Jammu & Kashmir and the fourth is that the Centre should assist the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, who have been in exile for over 30 years now. The fifth Congress demand is that political prisoners detained in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370 should be released. 

“In the meeting today, we put forth the views of Congress. We objected to the dissolvement of J&K statehood which was done without consulting state representatives. In the end, after everything was presented, we placed five big demands. One statehood should be restored. We highlighted that the PM and HM had assured in Parliament to restore statehood and we pointed out that the environment was conducive with the ceasefire with Pakistan and elections of councils,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad while speaking to media persons, flanked by his two Congress aides at the meeting. 

Congress’ five demands at PM Modi Kashmir meeting: 

  • Restoration of statehood
  • Conduct Assembly Elections in Jammu & Kashmir
  • Re-implement domicile laws
  • Assist return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley
  • Release political prisoners detained in the aftermath of Abrogation of Article 370

Parties univocally demanded full-fledged statehood for J&K: Azad

Azad, who was once the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, said that most representatives agreed that since the abrogation of Article 370 was sub-judice and before the Supreme Court, it should not be discussed. He asserted that all parties univocally demanded a ‘full-fledged restoration’ of statehood. Azad also remarked that the Prime Minister said that he wanted to hold such a meeting earlier but was forced to delay it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, Azad revealed that both, the Prime Minister and Home Minister, promised that elections will be held once the delimitation process is completed and statehood will be restored.

When asked if he was satisfied with the meeting, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “I will be satisfied when elections are done and statehood returns.” 

PM Modi invites J&K mainstream leaders to 7LKM

Marking a first since the abrogation of Article 370, PM Modi invited top Kashmiri political parties – NC, PDP, Congress, Apni Party, CPM  to come to New Delhi for talks to bolster political activities in the Union Territory. The meeting held on June 24 at 3 PM, was chaired by PM Modi and attended by Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha, Home Minister Amit Shah, Home Secretary, amongst others. 14 politicians namely – NC chief Farooq Abdullah, NC vice-prez Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, CPI(M) leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Tara Chand, J&K Apni party Syed Altaf Bukhari,  JKPC chief Sajad Lone, Muzaffar Baig, Panthers Party leader Bhim Singh, BJP leaders Ravinder Raina, Kavinder Gupta, and Nirmal Singh were also invited. 


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