PM Narendra Modi can hold an important meeting with the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir
On June 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi can hold an important meeting with the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir
On June 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi can hold an important meeting with the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first time since the abrogation of the special status given under Article 370 on August 5, 2019, when political parties or leaders of Jammu and Kashmir have been called for talks by the central government. Naturally, there is a political uproar over this proposed meeting. Although the stand on the meeting has not been formally clarified by either party, it is generally considered to be a positive step. Most of the leaders have made it clear even before receiving the formal invitation that they are not against talks and would like to attend the meeting if invited. It is clear from this that whatever may be the stand of any of the parties involve but this initiative matches with the state of mind of the common people of Jammu and Kashmir. They want the political dialogue to begin and the democratic process to be carried forward.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi can hold an important meeting with the leaders of all the parties of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. In this meeting, a discussion can be held regarding the conduct of assembly elections in the state. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other Union ministers are also likely to attend the meeting chaired by Modi.
Meeting to be held on June 24
According to the information received from the officials, this meeting has been called on June 24. This is the first such initiative by the Center to end the impasse that arose after the abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Central Government in August 2019. Officials said the central leadership has started the process of inviting National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party's (JKAP) Altaf Bukhari and People's Conference chief Sajjad Lone for the meeting.
Agenda not clear yet
As far as the agenda of the meeting is concerned, nothing is officially clear yet, but for the leaders called in the meeting, the biggest issue at the moment is to get the statehood back to Jammu and Kashmir. Naturally, this issue will come up in the talks. Some parties may also talk of reinstating Article 370. But whatever happens, this meeting with the Prime Minister will open the mind of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It will be clear what they want. Maybe it should also be clear what kind of problems the government is facing in fulfilling what they want. It is also discussed that perhaps through this conversation, efforts are being made to prepare the ground for the assembly elections in the state.
This process will take Jammu and Kashmir towards normalcy. That is why, instead of over-emphasizing the consensus and disagreement that emerged in this one meeting, it is more important to ensure that this process of political dialogue continues at different levels and based on this, efforts to enhance mutual trust and harmony to go ahead should continue.