Demanded statehood with constitutional guarantees for J&K in PM’s meet: Congress

Srinagar, June 27:  Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G A Mir Sunday said that the party demanded full statehood with constitutional guarantees for Jammu and Kashmir in an All-Party Meet convened by the Prime Minister NarendraModi in New Delhi on June 24.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, Mir said the Congress leaders were the first party who spoke in the meeting and demanded statehood with the full constitutional guarantees before holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We criticized the August 5 decision (abrogation of Article 370) and told the PM that it was a unilateral decision and had a severe impact on all sections of the society including traders, students, transporters and businessmen,” Mir said.

“Our agenda was clear in the meeting that Congress wanted a time-bound delimitation process, full statehood followed by assembly elections,” he said. “In statehood land and job security should be assured.” 

The Government of India (GoI) had invited all regional parties from Jammu and Kashmir for a meeting on June 24 in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister NarendraModi at his official residence.

As many as 14 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, including four former chief ministers – Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, senior Congress leader GhulamNabi Azad, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti – of the erstwhile state were among the invitees.

Mir said the Congress also agreed for a delimitation process after the Home Minister assured about conducting the process in a transparent manner.

“We told the HM that the delimitation process should be done in a time-bound manner. The Congress party has no objection to the delimitation process if it is done in a transparent manner,” Mir said.

Mir said that they also apprised the PM that Jammu and Kashmir has been under bureaucracy for three years and there is a dire need of the popular government to address the issues of people.

“It is imperative in democracy to have an elected government and we told the same in the meeting,” Mir said. “The HM stressed that they are committed to restore statehood and conducted polls in Jammu and Kashmir. But the first delimitation commission needs to finish its job.”

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