Modi-Kashmir leaders meet – First such high-level interaction since 5 August 2019
Two years after scrapping Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a crucial meeting with 14 political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, including four former Chief Ministers, to chalk out the future course of action in the union territory. 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. According to many leaders who attended the meeting, nothing specific or nothing conclusive and talks were in general and exchanged pleasantries only.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval were among those attending the meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence. P K Mishra, principal secretary to the Prime Minister, and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla have also attended the meeting.
It is well known that the BJP led Central Government is not going back from Article 370 and Gupkar Alliance can only demand.
The four former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir who participated in the discussions were Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. “I will keep my agenda in the meeting and then talk to you,” Farooq Abdullah said before the meeting started.
Asked about PDP chief Mehbooba’s comments that India should initiate dialogue with Pakistan, the NC leader said, “Mehbooba Ji is the president of her party. She has the right to speak. I have my own. I don’t want to bring in Pakistan. I am going to talk to our own Prime Minister.”
“If India can talk to the Taliban in Doha (Qatar), why not Pakistan,” Mehbooba had said earlier. 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, a spokesperson of the six-party People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and among the 14 leaders invited.
After 3 hours of meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah said Assembly elections will take place after the Delimitation process. He said statehood is promised in Parliament and this would happen only after the Delimitation process and peaceful elections, Amit Shah Tweeted after the meeting:
We are committed to ensure all round development of J&K.
The future of Jammu and Kashmir was discussed and the delimitation exercise and peaceful elections are important milestones in restoring statehood as promised in parliament.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 24, 2021
It is well known that the BJP led Central Government is not going back from Article 370 and Gupkar Alliance can only demand. As far as giving statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, it is possible only after the Delimitation process is over. It is widely known that the ongoing Delimitation process will take at least two years to finish in the finalization of assembly segments. With all these prevailing conditions, nothing much can be accepted on today’s talk as the troubled Kashmir valley is now witnessing peace after the scrapping of Article 370, leading to the full-fledged deployment of forces.
 Indian delegation met Taliban in Doha, says Qatari official – Jun 21, 2021, The Hindu
 Delimitation in J&K: What is it and Where Does the Process Stand? – Jun 21, 2021, The Quint
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