Srinagar, June 24 (GNS): The All Party Meeting in New Delhi lasted for three-and-a-half-hours with Prime Minister Nadrenda Modi saying he wants to remove “Delhi ki Duri (the distance from Delhi) as well as Dil Ki Duri (the distance from the heart).
The meeting at PM’s official 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence in New Delhi, was attended by members of all the fourteen parties invited to the meeting besides others.
In a series of tweets after the meeting, the Prime Minister called today’s meeting with political leaders an “important step” in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive J&K, “where all-round growth is furthered.”
“Today’s meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir is an important step in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive J&K, where all-round growth is furthered.”
The Prime Minister, accompanied by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Lieutenant Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha, received the leaders from eight parties, including the National Conference, the PDP, the BJP and the Congress.
“Our priority is to strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K. Delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that polls can happen and J&K gets an elected Government that gives strength to J&K’s development trajectory. ”
He said that the biggest strength in India’s democracy is the ability to sit across a table and exchange views.
“I told the leaders of J&K that it is the people, especially the youth who have to provide political leadership to J&K, and ensure their aspirations are duly fulfilled.”
This was the first interaction between the Central leadership and the mainstream parties since August 5, 2019, when the Center revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla were among those who attended the meeting.
The four former chief ministers of the erstwhile state who participated in the discussions were Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.
Four former deputy chief ministers were in attendance too Congress’ Tara Chand, People’s Conference leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig and BJP’s Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta.
CPI-M leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) chief Altaf Bukhari, Sajjad Lone of the People’s Conference, J&K Congress head GA Mir, BJP’s J&K President Ravinder Raina and Panthers Party leader Bhim Singh also participated in the meeting. (GNS)