PM Modi’s meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders LIVE: Delimitation to be primary focus

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oi-Oneindia Staff

By Anuj Cariappa

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Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 12:33 [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 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.

Agenda of all-party meet

While the Centre has not set an agenda, delimitation, statehood and other key issues are likely to be discussed during the all-party meeting on Thursday.

Internet services?

Internet services in the Union Territory of J&K could also be snapped on Thursday.

Political leaders invited to all-party meet

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. Altaf Bukhari of the Apni Party and Sajad Gandi Lone and Muzaffar Hussain Baigh of the Peoples Conference are among the 14 leaders from J&K invited to the meet. Others include NC leader Omar Adbullah, Tara Chand of the Congress, Nirmal Singh of the BJP and CPI(M)’s MY Tarigami.

PDP leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister reached New Delhi on Wednesday to attend the all-party meeting called by PM Modi.

PM Modi’s All-Party meet on J&K

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meet of political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir. The invitation was accepted by leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), Congress and a number of other J&K-based parties.

The decision of all political parties to attend the meeting has frustrated the forces hell-bent to derail the democratic process in J&K by targeting elected members of the urban and rural local bodies.

Thursday’s meeting is also considered a sincere effort to restore the democratic process in the UT after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A.

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.

Patrolling has been intensified in the border areas by central forces and special nakas were set up by the J&K police on the roads connecting border belts.

Jammu and Kashmir, LoC put on alert

Although alert has been sounded in the whole J&K, security has been strengthened in the areas along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC).

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.

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