Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chaired a meeting on Thursday in the presence of 14 leaders, including four former chief ministers.
PM Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chaired a meeting on Thursday in the presence of 14 leaders, including four former chief ministers.
The last when they had a meeting was after the Abrogation of Article 370 and the division of the erstwhile state into two union territories in August 2019.
This was the first meeting between the Centre and mainstream Jammu and Kashmir politicians
Those who attended the meeting were– Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval along with PM Modi at his residence.
The four former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir who attended the meeting are Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
Farooq Abdullah, at the beginning of the meeting he said that he would like to keep his agenda in the meeting and then talk to him.
One being asked about PDP chief Mehbooba’s comments that India should initiate dialogue with Pakistan, the NC leader said that Mehbooba is the president of her party. She has the right to speak. And that she has her own opinion but doesn’t want to bring in Pakistan. She would talk to the prime minister.
Earlier Mehbooba questioned why she can’t talk on the issue of Pakistan if India talked to the Taliban in Doha (Qatar).
With no intention to talk on a particular agenda, the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir said that no agenda announced for the meeting, the leaders came with an open mind to discuss freely on any topic.
CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who is also a spokesman of the six-party People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) said that they not been provided with a fixed agenda. They would be attending the meeting to know what the Centre is offering.
Tarihogami is among the 14 Jammu and Kashmir leaders who was invited to the all-party meeting at the prime minister’s residence.
P K Mishra, principal secretary to the prime minister, and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also attended the meeting.