Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair a meeting with all political parties from Jammu and Kashmir on June 24 as part of the Centre’s initiatives to bolster political processes, including holding assembly elections, in the union territory, officials said in New Delhi, reported PTI
The meeting — the first such exercise since the Centre announced the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and its bifurcation into union territories in August 2019 — is likely to be attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other central leaders.
The central leadership has begun the process of inviting National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, People’s Democratic Party chairperson Mehbooba Mufti, Altaf Bukhari of the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP), and People’s Conference head Sajjad Lone for discussions, the officials said.
Mehbooba told PTI on Friday night that she received a call from the Centre for a meeting on June 24. “I am yet to take a decision. I will discuss with the party members and take a final call,” she said. Both Abdullah and Mehbooba had served as chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.