'Remove Dilli ki Duri': PM Modi tells Kashmiri leaders to ensure new hope for people of J&K
Calling upon Kashmiri parties to ensure an atmosphere of safety and security for all sections of society in J&K, the Prime Minister said that regardless of political differences everyone should work in the national interest so that the people of J&K benefit.
Remove 'Dilli ki Duri' (distance to Delhi) as well as 'Dil Ki Duri' -- That was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message to leaders of political parties from Jammu and Kashmir who met him at his residence on Thursday.
During the all-party meet, sources said that the Prime Minister patiently heard the suggestions and inputs from all participants.
He expressed happiness that all participants shared their frank and honest views.
According to sources, the open discussion revolved around building a better future for Kashmir.
The focus of the meeting was to strengthen the democratic process.
Prime Minister Modi said that the Centre was fully committed to the democratic process in J&K.
He stressed that holding assembly elections -- just like the successful conduct of DDC elections -- is a priority.
Sources said that, by and large, there was consensus among political leaders on holding elections soon after delimitation.
Emphasising the need to strengthen democracy at the grassroots and work together with the people of J&K to ensure their upliftment, the Prime Minister expressed happiness on the commitment to Constitution and Democracy espoused by all participants.
Stating that even a single death in J&K was painful, the Prime Minister said it is a collective duty to protect the younger generation.
Thursday's meeting was the first between the Centre and mainstream J&K politicians after the abrogation of Article 370 and the state's division into two Union Territories in August 2019.
During the meeting, the political parties were given details of the development achieved by J&K after the implementation of many pro-people initiatives.
This, according to the prime minister, was creating new hope and aspirations among the people.
Sources quoted the prime minister as saying that people's trust and their cooperation with the J&K administration was visible today as they had started experiencing corruption-free governance.
Calling upon Kashmiri parties to ensure an atmosphere of safety and security for all sections of society in J&K, the Prime Minister said that everyone should work in the national interest regardless of political differences so that the people of J&K benefit.
Among those who attended the meeting included Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, NC leader Omar Abdullah, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Conference leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami.
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