New Delhi: PM Modi, in a 3-hour conference with political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, talked on removing “Dilli ki Doori as well as Dil Ki Doori” and confined his commitment to reestablishing full sovereignty at the correct time.
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1. Fourteen conformist Jammu and Kashmir leaders from eight political parties, comprising four Chief Ministers, addressed the three-hour conference targeted aimed at getting the political procedure back on track in the region after it lost its special reputation under Article 370 of the Constitution in 2019 and was degraded from a state to two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
2. PM Modi, say sources, stated sovereignty would be reinstituted “at a right time” but requested the parties to get consigned with demarcation or the amending of assembly constituencies to facilitate elections. Elections can be executed soon after demarcation, it was said, and “most partakers expressed enthusiasm for it”, said sources.
3. “The main motive of the conference was to intensify the democratic procedure. The PM expressed that we are fully promised to the democratic process in J&K. He emphasized that holding assembly polls just like the successful District Development Council elections is a priority,” government sources said.
4. Ex-Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of the National Conference faced PM Modi last on August 1, 2019. They were astonished when three days later on August 4, they were discarded and hours later, the repudiation of Article 370 was disclosed in parliament.
5. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while declaring the monumental move in parliament, had mentioned that full sovereignty would be “reinstituted at an accurate time”. After today’s gathering, Mr Shah tweeted: “The future of Jammu and Kashmir was elaborated and the delimitation exercise and peaceful elections are significant milestones in reinstituting statehood as professed in parliament.”
6. Omar Abdullah, anyhow, said to reporters that “almost all leaders” were despondent with delimitation only in Jammu and Kashmir. “In other states, demarcation will be initiated in 2026, why has Jammu and Kashmir been distinguished? We told the PM delimitation is not required,” said the Ex- Chief Minister, adding that “faith has discontinued between the Centre and Kashmir”.
7. The seven-party Gupkar alliance headed by Farooq Abdullah and Ex-Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in accordance with front row status with the PM in photos of the gathering, pressed for revival of full statehood and special distinction. “We will grapple for 370, be it months or years. We didn’t get this (special dignity) from Pakistan, but from India, Nehru. There can be no reciprocity on this,” Ms Mufti said after the gathering.
8. The PM, said sources, “patiently heard advice and inputs from all parties” and intimated happiness that all parties shared their frank and honest perspective. “It was an open conversation which revolved around constructing a better future for Kashmir,” they mention.
9. This was the Centre’s initial main advocacy since August 2019 towards political leaders who have been seriously crucial to the Article 370 decision. Many of the leaders addressing the meeting had been delayed as part of security measures to stop any protests over the revolution.
10. At the conference, it was also determined that the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha would start a committee to judge cases of political prisoners, be it those released – like the Abdullahs and Ms Mufti – and those still in custody.