Amid speculations that Jammu and Kashmir will go to polls and its statehood back, the Center has reportedly sent a proposal to the union territory leaders for an all-party meeting on June 24. In all likelihood, the meeting will be held in Delhi and it is going to be the first meeting between the political parties of the Valley and the Center since August 5, 2019. On this day the state was divided into a union territory and its special status was withdrawn.
Even though no information was given from the Prime Minister’s Office, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) confirmed to News18 that they have received an informal intimation from the Center about the meeting. “The formal invitation is awaited,” said a leader.
When asked about the agenda of the meeting, a source in New Delhi quipped, “Politicians will discuss politics.”
If this happens, the meeting will take place over the ongoing speculation about elections and delimitation exercise in the UT. The Delimitation Commission, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, has been tasked with increasing the number of elected representatives in Jammu and Kashmir from 107 to 114. There are also reports that the balance of power in Jammu and Kashmir may change after the delimitation exercise.
The Election Commission will announce the elections after the commission submits its report. The elections would mean a return of state from state to union territory, which could happen by the end of the year.
The Gupkar Alliance has indicated that if the Center approaches them for talks, they will respond. NC leader Farooq Abdullah had told the media on June 9 after a meeting of the coalition of most major parties in the Valley, “The doors of talks with the Center are not closed.”
Just a few hours ago, Home Minister Amit Shah had a security review meeting with Jammu and Kashmir’s DGP, DG CRPF, and RAW and Intelligence Bureau chief and NSA Ajit Doval, where they discussed development and zero tolerance against terrorism. .
At the same time, paramilitary companies that were removed from the Union Territory for elections in West Bengal and other states have now gone back to the Valley. Paramilitary officials say that they are ready for elections in Jammu and Kashmir in terms of security deployment.
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