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Centre ready to talk with Kashmir leaders amid murmurs of delimitation

Last Updated on June 13, 2021 at 12:04 pm

New Delhi is planning to be at ease with the Kashmir-based political parties who have been in a cold war against the BJP-led Central government after revocation of state’s special status in August 2019.

As per reports, criteria for the process is not yet finalized but New Delhi is ready to start again the political activities in Jammu and Kashmir. This will make it easier to hold assembly elections in the UT. The meeting is being planned in Delhi and will cover agendas of delimitation, assembly elections and restoration of statehood.

The Prime Minister’s Office is trying to reach out to the J&K leaders regarding which strong feelers have been sent to the parties of the Gupkar alliance and other political outfits in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per reports, mainstream parties in J&K may get an invite from the central government for having talks about the future course to be adopted in J&K.

Chairperson of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), Dr Farooq Abdullah, said that doors are not shut for any negotiations with the centre. “If they invite us, we will decide at that time,” Abdullah said in Srinagar, where alliance constituents NC, PDP, CPI(M) and Awami National Conference met after over six months.

A senior National Conference leader said discussions are happening in the party about the restoration of J&K’s statehood. He added that it will probably happen after assembly elections.

After the August 2019 move, the political uncertainty in J&K has been accompanied by a cutting down on the activities of political parties, including raids against their leadership by the central investigative agencies.

Ghulam Hassan Mir leader of Apni Party, said  that the Prime Minister will definitely respond  if the political parties in J&K join hands for the restoration of statehood.

As per reports, the National Conference, which has been holding meetings chaired by  Farooq Abdullah in the past weeks, is also likely to join the activities of Delimitation Commission set up last year to redraw the assembly constituencies as per the J&K Reorganisation Act 2019.

As per reports,  the delimitation commission has submitted its report and it is approved by the Centre, the Election Commission will announce the schedule for holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, most likely by the end of this year or early next year.