After about 22 months after the end of the special status, the politics of Jammu and Kashmir is going to shift to Delhi once again. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with leaders of 14 parties of the Union Territory at his residence in Delhi on June 24.
Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, People's Conference chief Sajjad Lone and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Baig have also been invited to the meeting. Top leaders of the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) have also announced their participation by meeting on Tuesday, i.e. June 21. The alliance includes former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and big leaders like CPIM leader and PAGD spokesperson MY Tarigami.
PAGD is the same alliance that was formed after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A from the erstwhile state. The PAGD leadership said that the coalition would present its stand before the top leadership of the country. National Conference President Farooq Abdullah said, "We are attending the meeting to present our stand before the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. Those who have been invited will go, there is no fixed agenda.
The constituents of PAGD are demanding restoration of Article 370. He has challenged the abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in the Supreme Court. Awami National Conference leaders say that no compromise can be made on Article 370 and 35A.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while confirming her participation in the meeting said that our alliance is not against any dialogue process, with the release of prisoners in jails outside Jammu and Kashmir to restore confidence to the Central Government should have shifted.
Mehbooba further said, 'The government is in talks with the Taliban in Doha, it should also hold talks with Pakistan.' "We will raise the issue of constitutional changes made in J&K and insist that these changes are illegal and should be withdrawn to resolve the Kashmir issue."
CPI(M) leader and PAGD spokesperson Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami said that he has got an opportunity to represent the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. He will appeal to the Prime Minister to reconsider the guarantee given in the Constitution.
Taragami said- 'We will not demand stars but we are not going to sign New Delhi's agenda, we will listen to PM's recommendations if it is in favour of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, we will say yes. We will only ask for what has been ours and should remain ours. There is no agenda for the meeting.
People's Conference chief Sajjad Lone, who broke away from the Gupkar Alliance ie PAGD, has also been invited to the meeting. People's Conference spokesman Adnan As says his party will also take part in the meeting. He believes that all parties now need to forge a new social alliance between Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi.
Interaction between each other is most important to restore credibility and sanctity. There is a lot of pain and suffering among the people of Jammu and Kashmir. There are several hard ground realities that the Prime Minister should be aware of. There is a need to write a new chapter between the people of Delhi and J&K to fulfil the aspirations of the people of J&K after 5th August.
The all-party meeting is being seen as a step towards ending the political deadlock in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. Along with this, it is also discussed that a big decision can be taken in the meeting regarding giving full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.
For this, the work of uniting the regional parties is going on. Perhaps by the end of this year or at the beginning of the new year, the central government can make a big announcement regarding this.
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