Today’s meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir is an important step in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive J&K, where all-round growth is furthered. pic.twitter.com/SjwvSv3HIp— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 24, 2021
PM Modi pointed out in another tweet that the main priority is to strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K. He also wrote, "Delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that polls can happen and J&K gets an elected Government that gives strength to J&K’s development trajectory."
CPI-M leader Yusuf Tarigami while speaking to the media asserted that while PM Modi listened carefully to all the points put forth by the leaders, and promised to look into them, they did not 'boldly' assure anything to them.
Today’s meeting on Jammu and Kashmir was conducted in a very cordial environment. Everyone expressed their commitment to democracy and the constitution. It was stressed to strengthen the democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/oa6ZYQVz9J— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 24, 2021
He further wrote in another tweet, "We are committed to ensuring 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."
#LIVE: Omar Abdullah speaks after PM's Kashmir meeting;— Republic (@republic) June 24, 2021
'Not happy with August 5, 2019 decision; will approach court about Article 370'
'Trust has broken with central govt'
'We want full statehood'
'PM said he wants elections there as soon as can be'https://t.co/RZHKU3wOei pic.twitter.com/JPBdoyXimq
PDP's Mehbooba Mufti says 'talks were in positive spirit.'— Republic (@republic) June 24, 2021
I said 'People of J&K are in bad state, they're angry. The unconstitutional, illegal & immoral way Art 370 was removed isn't acceptable to people. We'll struggle for Article 370, it's our right'https://t.co/RZHKU3wOei pic.twitter.com/lBAaWlfMrD
Minister of State Jitendra Singh said that the meeting was 'cordial'. Diverting the direction of the leaders present towards the improving situation of Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi, as per Singh, pointed out the need for democracy to reach the grassroots. He added that extensive discussion on delimitation happened, and all political parties agreed to take part in it.
NC leader and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah while addressing the media after the meeting said, "Building trust in Jammu and Kashmir is necessary today."
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh cited the words of PM Modi after the meeting. He said, "PM pointed out that he wants to take Kashmir on a path visioned by Atal Bihari Vajpayee."
As per sources, both PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and NC chief Farooq Abdullah raised the topic of Article 370 but the PM Modi-led government did not comment.
PDP veteran Muzaffar Beig called it a 'satisfactory' meet. Elaborating on it, he said," We pointed out that Article 370 was to be ended by J&K constitutional assembly although did not demand to reinstate it since It's subjudice, It will be argued in court."
As per sources, five demands were raised by the Congress party. The demands are:-
President of Apni Party Altaf Bukhari asserted that PM Modi listened to the pain and issues of Jammu and Kashmir for three and a half hours. He asserted the roadmap discussed is to complete delimitation and thereafter, conduct elections. Listing down the many topics discussed such as Panchayat Raj, development, and empowerment of the Jammu & Kashmir, he added, "PM Modi said, we are committed to statehood, and it will be given in the future".
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference Sajjad Gani Lone, talking about the meeting to the media, said that it was 'positive' meeting, where leaders spoke their minds out. He confirmed that the topic of statehood restoration was raised.
After over 3 hours, the meeting at the 7 LKM has finally concluded. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha, prominent leaders of Kashmir like PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad have been seen leaving the PM's residence.
In his opening remark, PM Modi outlined that there is a need to focus on how smoothly democracy can be restored in Jammu and Kashmir, with a focus on developmental aspects, as part of which, he also talked about the engagement of youngsters of the valley by providing them employment. Moreover, he also talked about the initiative of Skill India.
As per sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to give the opening remark. Thereafter, presentations are to be made by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of State, Jitendra Singh, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, followed by a speech by each of the guests. The meeting, as per sources, is going on in a well-structured format.
As per sources, four presentations will be given by four Union Ministers on issues of Jammu and Kashmir during the meeting, which is presently underway at the PM's residence.
Delhi: The all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2021
PDP's Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah, Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, and other leaders of Jammu and Kashmir are present at the meet.
JKPC leaders Sajad Lone and Muzaffar Hussain Baig leave for PM's residence. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti too arrives at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Tara Chand arrive at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg - Prime Minister's official residence
Our expectations are that it should be a good beginning to resolve the issues, concerns of the people of Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh. Whatever has been done to us is not within the limits of the Constitution: Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M) on All-Party Meeting called by PM Narendra Modi
Our rights guaranteed under the provisions of the Constitution of India have been snatched from us. We will demand the GoI and PM to reconsider & restore those rights which have been guaranteed by the Constituent Assembly of India: Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M)
Delhi: "For now, we will not talk about this. People of J&K are in distress since the August 5, 2019 decision of degrading and bifurcating the state," says Jammu and Kashmir Congress president, Ghulam Ahmad Mir on being asked if he is against the restoration of Article 370 pic.twitter.com/DKv0hRrUXd— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2021