February 6, 2023

J&Ok Parties In A Huddle After Being Invited To PM’s All-Party Meet (Representational)

Srinagar/New Delhi:

Hectic political consultations have been on in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday inside mainstream regional events together with the National Conference (NC) and the PDP over an all-party assembly to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24, whereas the Congress raised the pitch for instant restoration of statehood to J-Ok.

The deliberations got here forward of a joint assembly of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of six political events together with the NC, PDP, CPM, Awami National Conference, CPI and JK People’s Movement, to be held on Tuesday to debate their stand on the Centre’s invite.

As the day started, a two-hour-long political affairs committee assembly of Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP was held.

“The party unanimously authorised the party president to take a final decision on the matter,” PDP chief spokesperson Syed Suhail Bukhari informed reporters exterior Mufti’s residence after the assembly.

Mr Bukhari stated a gathering of the PAGD will happen on Tuesday the place the member events will focus on the problem after which a closing determination shall be taken on whether or not to take part or not within the assembly known as by the prime minister.

“After two days, the PAGD is meeting, this issue will be discussed. The members of the alliance will give their suggestions and a decision on the way forward will be taken there and afterwards, a decision will be taken over the participation of the meeting,” he stated.

However, the discharge of Ms Mehbooba’s uncle Sartaj Madani from preventive detention after almost six months and her occasion’s jailed youth president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, charge-sheeted by the National Investigation Agency and the Jammu and Kashmir police, being introduced again to Jammu from Kashmir is seen as a transfer to make sure that Mehbooba participates within the assembly.

The PM’s assembly with all political events from Jammu and Kashmir is a part of the Centre’s initiatives to bolster political processes, together with holding meeting elections, within the union territory.

Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah additionally began the method of consultations with senior leaders of the NC together with occasion basic secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar and provincial president of Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani.

Others who attended the assembly have been Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Mian Altaf, Mubarak Gul, Sakina Itoo, Khalid Najeeb Suhurwardy and two Members of Parliament Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi.

“The consultations are on. After the party president is done talking to party leaders, a meeting of the PAGD will take place where the member parties will discuss the issue and take a collective decision,” Wani informed reporters after the assembly.

Invitations have been despatched out to 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, together with 4 former chief ministers, for participation within the high-level assembly to be chaired by the PM, which is anticipated to set the street map for holding meeting elections within the UT.

The leaders of eight political events — the NC, PDP, BJP, Congress, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party, CPI(M), People’s Conference, and the Panthers Party — have been telephonically invited by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla for participation within the assembly to be held on the prime minister’s residence within the nationwide capital at 3 PM on Thursday.

This would be the Prime Minister’s first interplay with all of the political events of Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019 when the central authorities abrogated the state’s particular standing and bifurcated it into UTs. The erstwhile state has been below the Centre’s rule since June 2018.

In Delhi, the Congress stated the Centre ought to settle for the demand for restoration of statehood to J-Ok within the curiosity of the Constitution and democracy.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, nevertheless, didn’t say whether or not the occasion will take part within the June 24 assembly or not.

Surjewala drew consideration to the August 6, 2019 decision of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) the place the occasion clearly demanded the restoration of full statehood for the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We believe that undoing it is a direct attack on democracy and the constitutional principles,” he informed reporters when requested concerning the situation.

Mr Surjewala stated the Congress believes that grant of full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir as additionally holding elections, so that individuals can elect their representatives and have an meeting of their very own to hold on the affairs of the state as a substitute of a rule by Delhi, is the one means ahead to ensure full restoration of democratic rights in Jammu and Kashmir.

“It is now for the prime minister and the BJP to decide whether to hold a meeting or to accept the demand of the Indian National Congress in the interest of constitution, democracy and the people to restore full statehood to the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mr Surjewala stated.

In a associated improvement, Panthers Party, whose chief Bhim Singh has been invited for talks, staged a protest in Jammu in opposition to the alleged “Kashmir appeasement policy” of the central authorities.

The occasion was sad {that a} majority of the leaders invited to the all-party assembly have been from the Valley.

Mr Singh stated he’s assembly the occasion leaders on Monday to debate the invitation and take a call about his participation.

“I have received an invitation for the meeting and will discuss it with party leaders tomorrow (Monday) to make a decision,” the JKNPP president informed PTI.

A group of occasion activists led by JKNPP chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh burnt an effigy symbolising the BJP-led central authorities exterior the occasion headquarters.

“The government invited all Kashmir-based parties for the meeting but ignored the leadership of Jammu.

“Altaf Bukhari’s lately launched Apni Party and Sajjad Lone’s People’s Conference, that are but to be recognised by the Election Commission of India, have gotten the invitation whereas solely Bhim Singh was invited from Jammu,” Harsh Dev Singh informed reporters.

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