PM Modi-J&K Leaders Meet LIVE Updates: Block-level Polls, Grassroots Democracy 1st Time in J&K Under Current Rule, Says Centre


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The meeting of Jammu and Kashmir’s political parties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is over. 

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Under the current rule, Jammu and Kashmir saw a lot of positive changes such as block-level elections being held for the first time, the Centre told regional parties at their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, sources informed CNN-News18. According to the sources, here is what the Centre said: • Block level elections held for the first time in J&K history.  • New level of grassroots democracy district development councils created. • DDC elections turn out at 51% higher than panchayats and Lok Sabha polls. • Out of the 4,483 sarpanches in duty, 3,650 are elected. • Over Rs 3,000 crore-worth financial powers handed over to panchayats.

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14 Leaders Present their Views## CNN-News18 reports that all the 14 leaders present in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi are being given their time to present their views. The meeting has been underway for more than two hours.

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PM’s Remarks Expected Soon## PM’s Closing Remarks on Crucial Meeting Expected Soon:

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Brief Look at J&K History## From 1846 to Now: A Brief Look Into the Troubled History of Jammu and Kashmir


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‘With an Open Mind’: PM Modi Meets J&K Leaders to Chalk Out Future Course of Action


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PM Modi Meets J&K Leaders Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah Among 14 Others; See Pics


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PM Modi holds meeting all political parties of Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad and others are in attendance.

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Meeting of all J&K parties with PM Modi begins:

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Prime Minister’s Meet With Kashmir Leaders Key to Ending Dangerous Political Drift


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Mamata Banerjee on All-party Meet

| I am not aware of the subject matter of Kashmir meet, so I can’t comment. But what was the need to take statehood away in the first place? The Modi government has received a lot of flak on the Kashmir issue like it has received with Covid management: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

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Meeting Begins## Meeting Begins |

The all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, and other leaders of Jammu and Kashmir are present at the meet.

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I am going to the meeting. I will keep the demands there and then I will talk to you. Mehbooba Mufti is the president of her party, why should I speak on what she said: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, ahead of the all-party meeting called by PM Narendra Modi today, to ANI.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and the Chairman of the National Conference party, Farooq Abdullah has reached the premises for the all-party meet with PM Modi.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and the Chairman of the National Conference party, Farooq Abdullah, has left for the meeting, which is set to begin shortly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We don’t know the agenda, will speak after the meeting,” he said while leaving his residence.

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Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha has arrived for PM Modi’s meeting with the J&K political leaders. 

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At the SCO NSA meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, NSA Doval gave message on the need to monitor new technologies used by terrorists including drones for smuggling of weapons and misuse of dark web, artificial intelligence, blockchain and social media: ANI Sources


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Doval strongly condemned terrorism in all forms. Perpetrators of terrorism incl cross-border terror attacks should be expeditiously brought to justice, need for full implementation of UN resolutions & targeted sanctions against UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities, ANI reported on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) NSA meeting, Ajit Doval proposed action plan against LeT and JeM as part of framework, where he emphasised adoption of international standards to counter terror financing including an MOU between SCO and FATF,sources of news agency ANI reported.

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Among other ideas, statehood with significant powers over law-and-order delegated to the central government, like Delhi, have been considered. Kashmiri leaders, though, argue this would leave them with no legitimacy—stripping the entire democratic project of its raison d’être. In theory, there’s no reason Kashmir’s political leadership, and the Prime Minister, can’t arrive at middle-ground that would let elections be held as early as this autumn. Even if the two sides do arrive at agreement, though, the road will be a long, hard one.

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Experts say the meeting is meant to ward off assertions abroad after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in August 2019 downgraded the region’s status, split it into two federal territories Ladakh and Jammu-Kashmir.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has reached Farooq Abdullah’s residence.

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Along with PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval, LG Manoj Sinha, Union Home Secretary, DIB, and other kashmir divsion officers to attend all party along with 14 invited representatives.

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What’s on Table for PM Modi’s Meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Leaders |

The real issue, though, goes deeper than who will hold power in Kashmir, and on what terms. Leading up to the implosion of Kashmir’s state government in 2018, and imposition of central government rule, pro-India political parties like the National Conference and People’s Democratic Party became increasingly discredited. New Delhi’s efforts to engineer the emergence of a new political leadership since 2018 have had little success, either.

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PM Modi’s Meet With Kashmir Leaders Key to Ending Dangerous Political Drift |

Leaders of Jammu and Kashmir will arrive in New Delhi on Thursday for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that is widely expected to initiate the reconstruction of its political system. The restoration of Kashmir’s statehood, elections, and even the special Constitutional status abrogated in 2019 will be raised.

PM Modi-J&K Leaders Meet LIVE Updates: The meeting of Jammu and Kashmir’s political parties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is over. The Centre told the parties that under the current rule, Jammu and Kashmir saw a lot of positive changes such as block-level elections being held for the first time.

The meeting of all Jammu and Kashmir parties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is underway at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, and other leaders of Jammu and Kashmir are present at the meet. The PM’s closing remarks on the meeting are expected soon, CNN-News18 reports.

The Gupkar Alliance is likely to demand restoration of statehood before elections as well as release of all political prisoners in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 3pm today. Fourteen leaders from regional powerhouses such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC), as well as those from the Centre’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, among others, have been invited for the talks. While most of the 14 leaders arrived in Delhi by Wednesday evening, Farooq Abdullah reached the national capital today. He is slated to hold talks with his son and NC leader Omar Abdullah before the 3pm gathering.

After abrogation of Article 370, several political leaders and activists were placed under detention. Over a period of time, Mufti, two other former chief ministers — Omar and Farooq Abdullah — and several others were released. In this backdrop, the meeting could act as an exercise to overcome trust issues. This is also the first meeting between PM Modi and the J&K parties after the region’s special status was revoked. Mehbooba also said the Centre should hold dialogue with everyone, including Pakistan, to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Many reports say the meeting may focus on the delimitation exercise to redraw the boundaries of assembly constituencies in J&K ahead of assembly elections.

The real issue, though, goes deeper than who will hold power in Kashmir, and on what terms. Leading up to the implosion of Kashmir’s state government in 2018, and imposition of central government rule, pro-India political parties like the National Conference and People’s Democratic Party became increasingly discredited. New Delhi’s efforts to engineer the emergence of a new political leadership since 2018 have had little success, either.

The leaders of the Gupkar alliance, a group of seven parties led by Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, say they will forcefully raise the issue of Article 370 with PM Modi and they have “no red lines” for any discussion during the meeting. “The meeting was called by the Prime Minister. We see it a positive development. There are no riders. No one has been asked not to talk about restoration of J&K’s special status,” said a senior leader.

The all-party meeting is taking place alongside reports that National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met with his Pakistan counterpart in a third country.

Today’s meeting is the second major peace initiative in J&K after the announcement of ceasefire between India and Pakistan on February 25.

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