It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega outreach to the management of Jammu and Kashmir, the primary after the J&Okay Reorganisation Act 2019. It noticed 14 leaders from both Jammu and Kashmir regions together with 4 former chief ministers and deputy chief ministers arrive within the nationwide capital. The assembly was to be an ice-breaker after the freeze post-August 5, 2019, when Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing was scrapped and the state was bifurcated into two Union Territories.
In the previous week, there was a lot apprehension that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir could also be bifurcated additional and Pakistan caught utterly unawares in 2019, ran round like headless hen solely to embarrass itself as soon as once more.
The Centre’s outreach to leaders of Jammu and Kashmir was to know their thoughts and share the Centre’s views on the street forward.
Jammu and Kashmir could be very near the prime minister’s coronary heart and the August 5, 2019-action was the fulfilment not simply of the BJP manifesto however its core ideology of Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan and Ek Pradhan (One Flag, One Constitution and One Head of State).
The subtext of the assembly was — “Ek desh mein Ek vidhan Ek Pradhan aur EK Nishan hoga [there will be one constitution, one prime minister and one flag in one India].” Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s dream on the chief’s 68th loss of life anniversary.
The profitable completion of District Development Council (DDC) election was an indicator of the state of affairs on the bottom.
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Before this assembly, the defence minister, the house minister and the nationwide safety advisor had labored furiously to safe all flanks guaranteeing peace alongside the borders and the hinterland.
There had been a sequence of conferences the place the lieutenant governor and the heads of intelligence businesses and central police organisations gave their evaluation of the bottom state of affairs.
New Delhi was assured of being on prime of the state of affairs earlier than handing out invitations to those that had previously represented folks of Jammu and Kashmir, participated within the democratic course of and believed within the Indian Constitution.
There was a buzz within the air forward of the assembly, and it received off to a flying begin. The prime minister not solely heard all of the leaders but additionally walked to every one in all them after the assembly and personally interacted with them.
The message the Centre conveyed was to look to the longer term and focus on development in Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre has urged political events to take part within the delimitation train and by and enormous has an assurance of ahead motion, although National Conference chief Omar Abdullah was clear about having reservations in regards to the train.
PM Narendra Modi through the all-party meet with leaders from Jammu and Kashmir in Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
Speaking to journalists he stated if the goal of the August 5, 2019-exercise was to finish the combination of Jammu and Kashmir with the remainder of the nation then why delimitation was solely being carried out in J&Okay.
Valley-based events are apprehensive about shedding their numerical superiority put up the train. Jammu alternatively is hopeful that the delimitation train will set proper a historic improper.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s large push was to give attention to the longer term era of Jammu and Kashmir. All stakeholders ought to sink their variations and work collectively in order that the folks of each Jammu and Kashmir areas may benefit.
All Valley-based events remained clear in regards to the restoration of Article 370, special status and full statehood however the Centre put the ball within the Supreme Court the place the difficulty is to be settled.
Omar Abdullah additionally made it very clear that full statehood meant Jammu and Kashmir cadre for IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and IPS (Indian Police Service) stay and never be merged with the Union Territory Cadre which is the present state of affairs.
Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad spoke of elevating 5 details — full statehood, election, domicile legal guidelines together with safety of jobs and land, the discharge of political detainees and naturally, rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) with dignity and honour.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Muzaffair Baig spoke of the assembly being held in a cordial and dignified atmosphere and People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone spoke of emotional bonding between the prime minister and leaders who attended the assembly on the prime minister’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
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J&Okay Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari stated the prime minister urged all events to take part within the delimitation train. BJP leaders Ravinder Raina and Nirmal Singh spoke of the prime minister’s dedication to the restoration of statehood and election after the delimitation course of.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti spoke of initiating dialogue with Pakistan for peace and prosperity within the area.
From the viewpoint of the management of J&Okay, particularly the Valley, it’s a climbdown by the Centre — the house minister had dubbed the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) as ‘Gupkar Gang’ and the members have been company of honour on the prime minister’s residence.
They all reiterated their demand for restoration of Articles 370 and 35 A. They have been additionally in a position to ship out a not so unsubtle message that the Centre finally needed to settle for they have been the representatives of the folks of Jammu and Kashmir and no new credible management had emerged. It, nonetheless, stays a problem for them to convey folks within the Valley on board the event prepare.
For the central authorities, it was a win to have leaders each Jammu and Kashmir areas on the excessive desk to speak in regards to the street forward. The goal stays peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.
The delimitation train will collect steam and pave the best way for meeting election and restoration of statehood as promised each by the prime minister and reiterated by the Union residence minister.
The prime minister heard all members first-hand and received an thought about their imaginative and prescient for the longer term Jammu and Kashmir.
The Centre after containing the fallout of August 5, 2019-decision now needs to construct on the peace and attempt to convey prosperity to the folks of Jammu and Kashmir by means of a participatory democratic course of — election to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly post-delimitation.
The ball is now within the court docket of the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir to take the method additional.
Justice Ranjana Desai’s committee has lately received a year-long extension to finish the duty that had been held up because of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed leaders on the 7 Lok Kalyan Marg that his goal was not solely to take away ‘Dilli Ki Doori’ (distance from Delhi) but additionally ‘Dil Ki Doori’ (Distance from coronary heart). Omar Abdullah said neither ‘Dil nor Dilli ki doori’ will end in a single assembly.
And that’s the crux of the matter: extra engagement between the central management and all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir and fruits of growth percolating to folks on the bottom could play a vital position in profitable hearts and minds.
A activity simpler stated than finished.
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