On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Jammu and Kashmir leaders at the Prime Minister’s official residence in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by four other former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, including Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. The conditions in Kashmir have not been normal since the Article 370 abrogation.
One reason for this is that Jammu and Kashmir is completely under the control of the Central Government. However, there is widespread speculation that Jammu and Kashmir will be given statehood again. It is rumoured that this crucial decision will be taken at the ongoing meeting. The Central government is also reportedly in the process of holding elections to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.
Only local elections were held in the state after the repeal of Article 370 on August 5, 2019. Despite having an assembly in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the lieutenant governor has been ruling without holding elections. On the other hand, there are rumours that the Center is planning to provide some stimulus to the state. However, the Kashmir leaders said before the meeting that they would regain the rights lost by their state and discuss the matter with the Prime Minister.
After the removal of the special provision of Jammu and Kashmir, the state was divided into two parts and both became Union Territories. This decision has been strongly opposed by all parties and public associations in Jammu and Kashmir.
This is the first time in two years that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited political parties to a meeting in Kashmir, two years after the decision shook the state politically. There is excitement across the country over this meeting’s outcome.