Elections will be held in Kashmir as soon as the delimitation is over: PM Modi

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New Delhi, 25th June 2021: In the recently held District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the National Conference, and the Gupkar coalition parties may have raised the issue of the withdrawal of Article 370, but it was mutually agreed upon that it cannot be returned. The National Conference made it clear that it will not take any illegal step, whatever the battle maybe will have to be fought legally. The PDP said that it will continue to fight. In the meeting that lasted for about three and a half hours, the demand was focused on the assembly elections and full statehood.

It was assured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah that elections will be held as soon as the delimitation is done and full statehood will also be available at the right time. With this, the PM said, “Now there will be neither distance of Delhi nor heart.” After the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the stalled dialogue started again and progressed at a fast pace.

The main demands that came were delimitation and full statehood. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad talked about releasing political prisoners along with a demand to make every effort for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits who had left Jammu and Kashmir in the past three decades.

Azad demanded the condition of domicile (local residence) in respect of jobs and land, same demands were made by other parties as well. PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti said that the movement will continue against the way Article 370 was scrapped. She raised the issue of talks with Pakistan. Whereas Farooq Abdullah said that under the light of the new law his fight will be legal. he felt that Article 370 had been removed as per the rules of the Constitution, thus, its return is impossible. The Prime Minister appealed to every party to engage in the discussion of the delimitation and expedite it.