Prime Minister Narendra Modi will administer an all-party meeting on Thursday with 14 prominent leaders of Jammu and Kashmir to deliberate over the current situation in the union territory.
In the all party meeting chaired by PM Modi, 14 leaders will attend today’s meet comprising National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone and Muzaffar Hussain Baig, and Apni Party leader Altaf Bukhari. The meeting will take place in the residence of PM Modi in Delhi. Bhim Singh from J&K Panthers will also attend today’s meet.
BJP leaders in Jammu and Kashmir Kavinder Gupta, Nirmal Singh, and Ravinder Singh will also attend the all-party meeting.
After the revocation of article 370 by the Central Government on August 5, 2019, no such meeting was hosted by the central government since then. This is the first meeting after the special status of the erstwhile state was revoked.
Jammu and Kashmir Congress Chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir regarding PM Modi’s all-party meeting said that the party will raise the issue of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir in the meeting with PM Modi.
PM Modi’s meeting will also be attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, and Home Secretary.
Key issues of the union territory are likely to be raised in the meeting like the delimitation process, statehood, and assembly election.
In June 2018, when the Mufti-led government fell after BJP pulled out its support from the coalition J&K has not had an elected government ever since then. Therefore, when the all-party meeting is chaired, it is most likely that a discussion over holding assembly elections in the Union Territory will take place.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) held a virtual discussion regarding the delimitation of the 90 assembly constituencies with its representatives in Jammu and Kashmir and deputy commissioners.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 Act provides that the number of constituencies in the legislative assembly of Jammu and Kashmir shall be increased.