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PM Modi meets J&K politicians, parties likely to demand restoration of special status


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held talks with the leaders of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, reported ANI.


Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party’s Bhim Singh and others are present at the meeting.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Bharatiya Janata Party chief JP Nadda were also present, The Indian Express reported.

This is the first meeting between the Centre and political parties from the erstwhile state since its special status was abrogated and was split into two Union Territories in August 2019. No specific agenda has been decided for the meeting, but the Union government is expected to discuss delimitation, or, the process of redrawing Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies in the Union Territory. Jammu and Kashmir leaders have said they would discuss the matter of full statehood and the restoration of special status.

PM @narendramodi is Chairing an All-Party meeting with various political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/nIUaV6qwF0

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 24, 2021

#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders in Delhi pic.twitter.com/8nDYDzdTfy

— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2021

Farooq Abdullah, after arriving at the meeting, refused to speak about the demands that his…

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