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PM Modi’s all-party meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders underway

Besides the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are attending the meeting.

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New Delhi, First Published Jun 24, 2021, 4:24 PM IST
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New Delhi: A crucial meeting to chalk out the future political course of action in Jammu and Kashmir, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, began on Thursday with the attendance of 14 leaders, including four former Chief Ministers.

The meeting is the first between the Centre and mainstream Jammu and Kashmir politicians after the abrogation of Article 370 and the division of the erstwhile state into two union territories in August 2019.

Besides the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are attending the meeting.

The four former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir who attended the meeting are Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

With no agenda announced for the meeting, the leaders from Jammu and Kashmir said they have come with an open mind.

"We have not been given an agenda. We will be attending the meeting to know what the Centre is offering,” said CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who is also a spokesman of the six-party People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).

Tarigami is among the 14 Jammu and Kashmir leaders invited to the all-party meeting at the prime minister's residence.

PK Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla are among those who attended the meeting.

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are on high alert as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a coalition of mainstream parties in J&K, in New Delhi today.

The Centre sees the Delhi talks, the first since the stripping of the special status of J&K and its bifurcation into two Union Territories in 2019, as a significant step towards the return of elected representatives and the holding of Assembly elections subsequently in the two UTs to end Central rule imposed in June 2018.

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