Duration: 01:31 1 hour ago
In a meeting with leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined the Centre’s commitment to the installation of a duly elected government in the state and urged political leaders from the region to fully support quick delimitation of constituencies so that elections could take place soon in the Union territory. On June 24 PM met leaders from Kashmir for the first time after the abrogation of article 370 which ended special status to the state. PM tweeted, “Our priority is to strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K. Delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that polls can happen and J&K gets an elected government that gives strength to J&K’s development trajectory.” In the meeting, he made a pointed reference that corruption-free governance was increasing the faith of people in the administration. While the government left no doubt as to early assembly polls being its priority, representatives of key players from the Valley — the National Conference, PDP and Apni Party —did not insist on the restoration of statehood as a precondition for their participation. The discussions went on for close to three and a half hours.