At ‘cordial’ meet, statehood, polls, Art 370 doubts linger | Latest News India

New Delhi: Mainstream politicians from Jammu & Kashmir pushed for the restoration of the area’s particular standing at a key meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, underlining issues with the delimitation course of, and demanding the reinstatement of full statehood earlier than polls are held.

All leaders recommended the cordial atmosphere of the all-party meeting, the primary such outreach by the Union authorities because the controversial scrapping of J&Ok’s particular standing in August 2019, however two former chief ministers mentioned they’ll proceed to combat for restoration of Article 370, which bestowed particular standing to J&Ok.

National Conference (NC) chief Omar Abdullah mentioned there was a lack of belief between J&Ok and the Centre and it was as much as the Union authorities to restore the breach. He additionally questioned the continuing delimitation course of – a contentious train of redrawing ballot constituencies – and requested why it was not occurring anyplace else in India.

Abdullah additionally mentioned his get together didn’t settle for the Centre’s determination on Article 370. “We are not ready to accept it but we will not take the law into a hands. We’ll fight this in court,” he informed reporters.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti mentioned the individuals in J&Ok had been discovering it robust to reside freely and added that the Centre ought to have consulted the J&Ok meeting earlier than abrogating Article 370.

Mufti mentioned she informed the PM that the individuals of J&Ok didn’t settle for how Article 370 was nullified “unconstitutionally, illegally, and immorally”.

“The people of J&K will struggle constitutionally, democratically, peacefully. Be it months or years, we will restore Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as it is a matter of our identity. We did not get it from Pakistan, it was given to us by our country, by Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel,” she mentioned. “There will be no compromise on this.”

Both Mufti and Abdullah are a part of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, a five-party alliance of events in Kashmir that was fashioned to push for the restoration of Article 370. NC and PDP have, to this point, boycotted the delimitation train.

The meeting – which got here after weeks of backchannel talks by nationwide safety adviser Ajit Doval and the Union dwelling ministry – signalled the start of political engagement within the Valley, which stays bitterly against its bifurcation and stripping of statehood. The Union authorities and lots of the attendees hailed the occasion.

“Today’s meeting with political leaders from Jammu & Kashmir is an important step in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive J&K, where all-round growth is furthered,” Modi tweeted. Shah talked about that the delimitation train, peaceable elections and restoring statehood had been mentioned.

At the meeting, many Kashmir politicians had been dissatisfied with the Union authorities’s assurance that statehood will likely be restored in time and so they insisted on statehood as a precursor to the electoral course of, mentioned an individual conscious of the small print.

Shah informed the events that the Centre will observe the method of conducting delimitation adopted by elections after which restoration of statehood, mentioned the particular person quoted above.

“However, the proposition seems untenable for the leadership since they will have to go to polls with a loss of face. They have been promising the people the restoration of statehood and going to elections,” mentioned the particular person quoted within the first occasion, on situation of anonymity.

Article 370 additionally got here up within the meeting. “The PDP, NC and CPI(M) raised the issue while the Congress steered clear of referring to restoration of the special status,” mentioned the particular person quoted above.

Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah mentioned his get together will proceed to problem the efficient abrogation of Article 370 by authorized and constitutional means.

“There is a loss of trust which needs to be restored immediately and for that, to begin with, the Centre should work for restoration of complete statehood to Jammu and Kashmir,” he mentioned.

Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned, “We put forth five demands; the first is that the dissolution of the state into union territories was carried out without the consent of the elected representatives so statehood should be restored. We have also asked for conducting elections to the Vidhan Sabha, rehabilitation of Kashmiri pandits and protection of domicile rules.”

J&Ok People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone mentioned the meeting was cordial. J&Ok Apni Party chief Altaf bukhari mentioned PM Modi listened to all points put forth by the political leaders.

“The statehood of Jammu & Kashmir was scrapped without consultation with the people. The PM and home minister heard our concerns, demands and aspirations today. We apprised them our issues. Unfortunately, we did not get any concrete assurances from them,” CPI(M)’s Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami informed ANI.

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