PM Modi said election process will begin after delimitation: J&K leader

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have assured all leaders of Jammu Kashmir that election process in the union territory will begin once the delimitation process is finished

“The talks were held in a good atmosphere today. The Prime Minister heard our issues of all leaders. He said the election process will begin when delimitation process is over,” J&K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhari said.

In his first big outreach after the revocation of Article 370, PM Modi on Thursday held a crucial meeting with 14 political leaders of Jammu Kashmir, including four former chief ministers, to chalk out the future course of action in the union territory.

“The home minister said he is committed to granting statehood to Jammu Kashmir,” Ghulam Nabi Azad, who represented the Congress party at the meeting said.

“All leaders demanded full-fledged statehood,” the Congress leader said after the meeting.

“Almost 80 per cent of parties spoke on Article 370, but the matter is sub judice in court. Our demands included full-fledged statehood soon, elections to restore democracy, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, all political detainees to be released land,employment guarantee.”

“PM Modi heard out suggestions inputs from all participants. He expressed happiness that all participants shared their honest views. It was an open discussion that revolved around building a better future for Kashmir,” news agency ANI reported, quoting unnamed sources

Modi said that there would be political differences but everyone should work in national interest so that people of J&K benefit. He stressed that atmosphere of safety security needs to be ensured for all.

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