PM Modi’s meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders updates: Committed to restoring statehood PM Modi assures

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By Anuj Cariappa

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Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 20:22 [IST]

New Delhi, June 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told a group of leaders from Jammu and Kashmir that assembly elections there will be held after the completion of the ongoing delimitation exercise, People”s Conference leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig said after a crucial meeting to chalk out the future course of action in the union territory.

During the three-and-a-half-hour-long meeting, almost all the 14 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir demanded that its statehood, which was removed in August 2019, should be restored, he said.

PM Modis meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders LIVE: Committed to restoring statehood PM Modi assures

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It was a good meeting, a good initiative. The Prime Minister heard all leaders. In response to them, he said, “let us move ahead”: Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Congress on PM Modi- J&K leaders meeting

We requested PM that our fight will continue but it’s essential to reverse some decisions that aren’t at all in the interest of J&K. It was given the status of a UT, people don’t like it. They want full statehood for J&K with J&K cadre restored: Omar Abdullah, National Conference

We told PM that we don’t stand with what was done on 5th Aug 2019. We’re not ready to accept it. But we won’t take law into hands. We’ll fight this in court. We also told PM that there’s been breach of trust b/w State & Centre. It’s Centre’s duty to restore it: Omar Abdullah, NC

Restoration of full statehood of Jammu and Kashmir will be the first trust-building exercise from New Delhi side: Former CM Farooq Abdullah

Building trust in Jammu and Kashmir is necessary today: NC leader and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah

We told PM that we don’t stand with what was done on 5th Aug 2019. We’re not ready to accept it. But we won’t take law into hands. We’ll fight this in court. We also told PM that there’s been breach of trust b/w State & Centre. It’s Centre’s duty to restore it: Omar Abdullah, NC

It was a good meeting, a good initiative. The Prime Minister heard all leaders. In response to them, he said, “let us move ahead”: Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Congress on PM Modi- J&K leaders meeting

Delimitation will be done and after this, further process will be undertaken. Delimitation Commission will hold discussions with everyone, after that things will move forward: Nirmal Singh, BJP after PM Modi-J&K leaders meet in Delhi

Almost all political parties came to a consensus that there should be peace in J&K & a govt should come there democratically. PM appealed to all the leaders that there would be peace only when everyone works together: Nirmal Singh, BJP after PM Modi-J&K leaders meet in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was committed to restoring statehood. He sought the cooperation of all political parties in the delimitation exercise, following which elections will be conducted.

On Article 370 abrogation, People’s Conference leader Baig says matter pending in Supreme Court, there was no point in discussing it

While the meeting discussed the elections, a time frame to conduct the polls is yet to be decided

The process will come into effect about which people are hoping that they’ll get a representative. Article 370 has been abrogated. It should not even be thought that it will ever come back: Kavinder Gupta, BJP after PM Modi-J&K leaders meet

All political parties presented their opinions. I think that in the time to come, political process is going to begin. Election will also be held after the delimitation process. Assembly will be constituted there once again: Kavinder Gupta, BJP after PM Modi-J&K leaders meet

Almost 80% of parties spoke on Art 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& land,employment guarantee: GN Azad

Government side said delimitation exercise to be completed and thereafter a call will be taken on assembly polls in J-K: Muzzafar Hussain Baig

PM Modi assured that he will do everything to make Jammu and Kashmir a zone of peace rather than conflict: Muzzafar Hussain Baig

Meeting on J-K chaired by PM Modi was very cordial and very positive, says People’s Conference leader Muzzafar Hussain Baig

Almost everyone at meeting chaired by PM Modi raised demand for restoration of statehood of Jammu and Kashmir: Muzaffar Hussain Baig

Almost everyone at meeting chaired by PM Modi raised demand for restoration of statehood of Jammu and Kashmir said Muzaffar Hussain Baig

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: People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone

We kept 5 demands in the meeting- grant statehood soon, conduct Assembly elections to restore democracy, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in J&K, all political detainees should be released and on domicile rules: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on PM Modi-J&K leaders meet

PM Narendra Modi heard out suggestions and inputs from all participants. He expressed happiness that all participants shared their honest views. It was an open discussion that revolved around building a better future for Kashmir: Sources

The PM 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: J&K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhari on PM Modi-J&K leaders meet

The talks were held in a good atmosphere today. The Prime Minister heard our issues of all leaders. PM said that election process will begin when delimitation process finishes: J&K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhari on PM Modi-J&K leaders meet

PM tells J&K leaders he is committed on restoration of statehood. Issues pertaining to conduct of elections, delimitation also discussed

PM’s closing remarks on crucial meeting expected soon:

The MRM also urged the Centre not to entertain such suggestions and demands from any political party. The MRM claimed that it had conducted a special signature campaign against Article 370 and 35 A and collected over 8.5 lakh signatures of Muslims, including over 70,000 from Kashmir, and submitted a memorandum to then President late Pranab Mukherjee demanding abrogation of the said articles.

“The MRM is of the view that the statements of the leaders of these parties are in direct contravention to the national integrity and unity,” it said. Terming as ”temporary” the special status granted to J&K through Article 370 and 35A, the organisation said the Modi government had taken a right step in abrogating the divisive and temporary provision.

Other parties of the Gupkar Alliance like the National Conference, CPM and the Congress have seconded the views expressed by Mehbooba Mufti on Article 370, MRM, the Muslim wing of RSS, claimed in a release.

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