PM Modi’s meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders LIVE: Congress to raise statehood issue

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oi-Oneindia Staff

By Anuj Cariappa

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Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 15:30 [IST]

New Delhi, June 24: As a precautionary measure, security forces in the Kashmir Valley are on high alert to frustrate evil designs of anti-national forces ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all-party meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir on June 24.

Fourteen leaders from Jammu and Kashmir have been invited to the meeting to be chaired by the prime minister on Thursday to discuss the future course of action for the union territory.

PM Modis meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leadersLIVE: Statehood not on agenda

The meeting is the first such exercise since the Centre announced the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir”s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and its bifurcation into union territories on August 5, 2019.

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Jammu & Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha arrives at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, Prime Minister’s official residence

PM Modi’s meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders begins at the PM’s residence in Delhi.

I will place the demands during the meet with the PM. On Mehbooba Mufti’s statement that Pakistan should be a stakeholder, Farooq Abdullah said he will not speak on that.

Union Minister Amit Shah, Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader, Ravinder Raina and Nirmal Singh have reached Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s residence for the all party meeting.

Former J&K chief minister, Omar Abdullah reaches residence of Farooq Abdullah. He will attend the meeting with the Prime Minister.

The Gupkar Alliance will demand the restoration of Article 370 and 35A in J&K. The alliance which will meet with PM Modi today will also demand immediate elections in the Union Territory. Mehbooba Mufti will also demand the release of prisoners and confidence building measures apart from a dialogue with Pakistan. The J&K BJP leaders are demanding the return of Kashmir Pandits to Kashmir.

Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has reached PM Modi’s residence in Delhi for the all party meeting with J&K parties. J&K LG Manoj Sinha who will also attend the meeting too has reached the PM’s residence.

National Conference chief, Farooq Abdullah arrives at his residence in Delhi ahead of the meeting with PM Modi. The meeting is scheduled for 3 pm.

Senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that full statehood is in the agenda during their meet with the PM. He was however non-committal on whether they would demand for the restoration of Article 370 in J&K.

The Dogra Front staged a protest against former J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti. The front said that they are protesting against the statement she had given stating that Pakistan is a stakeholder in the Kashmir issue. She should be put behind bars, the front said.

Former chief minister of J&K and National Conference leader is on his way to Delhi. He will attend the meeting with PM Modi.

BJP president, J P Nadda met with party leaders from J&K ahead of the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Jammu and Kashmir Congress president, Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that there is no decision on whether or not to raise the issue of Article 370. The people of the UT are in distress since the decision to abridge Article 370 was taken.

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah left his residence in Srinagar to participate in the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Jammu and Kashmir Congress leaders met senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at his resident ahead of the all-party meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi today.

PM Modi is likely to tell the parties from Jammu and Kashmir to cooperate with the delimitation exercise. The first aim would be to hold elections and have elected representatives, the PM is also likely to the leaders from J&K.

The meeting would also be attended by Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval and J&K’s Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha.

CPM leader. Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who is the spokesperson for the six party People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration said that they had not been given an agenda. We are attending the meet to see what the Centre is offering. The leaders have indicated that they will press for the restoration of Article 370 and full statehood. We should be given back the biggest thing that they have taken away from us, he also said.

The meeting would be the first step since the abrogation of Article 370 towards holding of assembly elections and seeing the return of elected representatives. On Wednesday, the Election Commission held a meeting with all 20 Deputy Commissioner virtually and discussed details such as administrative issues relating to their respective districts. The data furnished by the DCs, which also includes physical and demographic issues relating to their respective districts will be used by the Delimitation Panel to redraw assembly segments.

Sources tell OneIndia that all issues that are brought forward by the parties from J&K will be discussed during the meeting, but the main focus would be the furthering of the political process.

The main focus of the all party meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir.

Prior to the meeting, the Delimitation Commission had held virtual discussions with all the 20 Deputy Commissioners on various details such as physical demographic and administrative issues concerning the respective districts.

The Centre would would also share the progress made on the various fronts following the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

In politics there should be continuous dialogue. The PM’s meeting indicates faith in the democratic process and is meant to take it forward by involving a maximum number of people, Lieutenant Governor of J&K, Manoj Sinha had said in an interview.

The data that has been furnished by the DCs on the delimitation panel’s direction will be used to redraw the assembly segments in Jammu and Kashmir. This would see seven new constituencies and delineating of the reserved constituencies.

Sources also said that while the topic of restoration of Article 370 will be brought up, the same is not on the agenda of the Centre.

In the backdrop of this meeting, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Pakistan counterpart Moeed Yusuf have agreed to cooperate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s fight against terrorism.

While the Centre is looking to further the political process in Jammu and Kashmir during the all party meeting, the political parties from J&K would press for statehood.

While the Centre is looking to further the political process in Jammu and Kashmir during the all party meeting, the political parties from J&K would press for statehood.

Sources tell OneIndia that statehood is not on the agenda during the meet. The all party meet has been called by the Centre to take forward the political process further, the source also added.

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