Leh: Two days after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jammu and Kashmir-based mainstream political parties, the central government has now invited parties and civil society members from Kargil and Ladakh for talks on the Ladakh region. The meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 1.
According to media reports, Minister of State for Home GK Reddy will chair the meeting on Thursday morning at about 11 AM at his residence. Elven parties in the Kargil Democratic Alliance have been invited for the meeting.
The meeting comes a week after PM Modi earlier this week chaired a three-and-half-hour-long meeting with 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir. Durring the meeting, the Prime Minister 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.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was also present at the meeting, said that discussion on Jammu and Kashmir was conducted in a very cordial environment.
It is to be noted that the meeting was first between the Centre and J&K political leadersafter since the central government abrogated Article 370 withdrawing J&K’s special status and bifurcating the erstwhile state into two union territories on August 5, 2019.
The meeting took place a day after the Election Commission held virtual discussions with its representatives in Jammu and Kashmir and the Deputy Commissioners regarding the delimitation of the 90 Assembly constituencies in the Union Territory.