Political Stategies in J&K as Prime Minister calls for all party meet
Amid aspirations and suspicions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for an All Party Meeting on June 24, 2021, where it is likely that he will discuss holding assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir. The Modi Government scrapped the special status for J&K and divided the state into two Union Territories in August 2019. Following this, several Kashmiri leaders were taken into custody and house arrested for more than one year.
This development led all the leaders leaving their differences and enmity to come on one stage with a demand of repealing the Special Status and restoration of article 370. Mehabooba Mufthi’s PDP and Farookh Abdulla’s National Conference and other parties including Congress are voicing the same and reiterating their demand. While confirming the invitation from the PMO, the leaders like Omar Abdulla of National Conference and Mufthi Mehabooba of PDP said that they have not yet decided whether to attend the meeting. In wake of circumstances, it is doubtful that the leaders will attend or not to the meeting with the PM. PMO invited 12 leaders of all parties to participate in the meeting on 24th with a Covid-19 negative report along with them. Meanwhile, Congress Senior leader, former finance minister, P. Chidambaram strongly reacted through Twitter that Jammu & Kashmir is not a piece of real estate and demanded full statehood.