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PM Modi to chair all-party meeting on J&K, leaders arrive in Delhi

Leaders of Jammu and Kashmir arrived in New Delhi on Thursday for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that is widely expected to initiate the reconstruction of its political system.

PM Modi to chair all-party meeting on J&K, leaders arrive in Delhi-dnm
New Delhi, First Published Jun 24, 2021, 9:53 AM IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to chair a meeting with all the mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir in Delhi on Thursday (June 24, 2021) to discuss the future course of action for the Union territory.

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s meeting with political parties from Jammu & Kashmir, the Delimitation Commission secretariat on Wednesday held virtual discussions with all 20 deputy commissioners of the Union territory on details like physical, demographic and administrative issues concerning their respective districts.

The data, furnished earlier by the DCs on the delimitation panel’s direction, is to be utilized for redrawing the assembly segments in J&K, which will see addition of seven new constituencies and delineating of ‘reserved’ constituencies.

Today’s meeting will be attended by four former chief ministers of the erstwhile state as well, namely Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

The all-party meet will be the first political engagement since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 when the Centre had revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the state was bifurcated into two union territories.

As per sources, key issues like delimitation and assembly elections are likely to be discussed that may pave the way for the political processes in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting can also discuss a blueprint to begin the political process in the Union Territory.

The restoration of Kashmir’s statehood, elections, and even the special Constitutional status abrogated in 2018 will be raised.

The real issue, though, goes deeper than who will hold power in Kashmir, and on what terms. Leading up to the implosion of Kashmir’s state government in 2018, and imposition of central government rule, pro-India political parties like the National Conference and People’s Democratic Party became increasingly discredited. New Delhi’s efforts to engineer the emergence of a new political leadership since 2018 have had little success, either.

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