PM Modi all-party meet ends: J&K leaders put five demands including statehood

Soon after Prime Minister Modi’s first all-party meet on Jammu and Kashmir concluded, key leaders who participated in the meeting shared the details of what happened during the hours-long discussion.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the leaders kept 5 demands in the meeting — grant statehood soon, conduct Assembly elections, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in J&K, all political detainees should be released and on domicile rules.

“The Home Minister said the government is committed to granting statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. All leaders demanded full-fledged statehood,” Azad said.

Azad said that almost 80 per cent of parties spoke on Article 370 but the matter is sub-judice in court. “Our demands included full-fledged statehood soon, elections to restore democracy, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, all political detainees to be released and land, employment guarantee,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said.

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

Sharing the details, J&K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhari said that the talks were held in a good atmosphere. Prime Minister Modi, he said, heard issues of all leaders.

“PM Modi said that election process will begin when delimitation process finishes,” he added. Bukhari said that the Prime Minister asked all to participate in the delimitation process.

“We have been assured that this is the roadmap towards elections. PM also said that we are committed to the restoration of statehood,” he added.

BJP’s Nirmal Singh said that almost all political parties came to a consensus that there should be peace in Jammu and Kashmir and a government should come there democratically.

“Prime Minister Modi appealed to all the leaders that there would be peace only when everyone works together,” he said. Singh further said that the delimitation would be done and after this, further process would be undertaken.

“Delimitation Commission will hold discussions with everyone, after that things will move forward,” Singh, who was former deputy chief minister of J&K, said.

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