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Is the central government planning to restore statehood to Jammu and Kashmir?

Last Updated on June 18, 2021 at 8:59 pm

In February this year, Union Minister of Home Amit Shah had stated in the Lok Sabha that the government will restore statehood of Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate time.

The sudden high level meetings in Home Ministry on J&K and presence of top officials including R&W, Intelligence Bureau chiefs besides other senior functionaries of J&K and central government is hinting that there is a possibility that the statehood may be restored to J&K soon.

In a meeting by Amit Shah on J&K on Friday in which Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and other senior officials of the UT were present, discussion was held regarding various schemes and present security scenario in the UT.

The mainstream political parties are waiting for an olive branch from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is expected to hold another meeting of J&K next week.

It has been learnt that the centre has already initiated back channel negotiations, and if all goes well, the mainstream political parties of J&K are likely to be invited to Delhi for a formal dialogue.

Article 370 was abrogated on in 2019 and J&K was bifurcated into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh – by the BJP led central government.

The delimitation commission has also been asked to collect all the data from respective district administration on the number of voters and population and roll out a detailed delimitation of segments only after which assembly polls will be held in J&K.