Press "Enter" to skip to content

What is troubling Jammu based parties about all-party Meet by Narendra Modi?

Last Updated on June 21, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Jammu based parties don’t seem to be happy about the invitation to more leaders from Kashmir based parties for the meeting that will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24.

As per reports, the centre is interested in starting a political dialogue with J&K leaders that was stalled after abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.

What has troubled the Jammu based parties is the composition of the leaders invited for the meeting. Mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday began discussions over the invitation for an all-party meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Fourteen leaders of eight political parties in J&K which are National Conference (NC), PDP, BJP, Congress, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party, CPI(M), People’s Conference, and JKNPP have been invited to the meeting.

This meeting will be the first ever all party meeting between PM Narendra Modi and the political parties of J&K since the erstwhile state was stripped off its special status.

Invitees include four former chief ministers who are Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti. As well as four former deputy chief ministers have been invited including Muzaffar Hussain Baig (Peoples Conference), Kavinder Gupta and Nirmal Singh (BJP) and Tara Chand (Congress). The invitation has also been sent to JKNPP founder Bhim Singh; incumbent J&K Congress Chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir; BJP J&K President Ravinder Raina; Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone; J&K Apni Party Chief Altaf Bukhari, and CPI(M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami.

Right wing IKK Jutt Jammu party’s President Ankur Sharma said that PM Modi’s invite to Kashmir parties who are not even registered shows and indicates that J&K will have to see another CM from Kashmir.

Sharma further alleged that PM not inviting various political voices across Jammu spectrum including IKK Jutt Jammu says a lot about BJP making an alliance with Kashmir based leadership.