Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday will hold a crucial meeting with 14 prominent leaders from Jammu and Kashmir to discuss the prevailing situation in the valley and the future course of action.
This is the first such high-level interaction since 5 August 2019, when the Centre revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the state was bifurcated into two union territories.
Who are the invitees?
The government has invited 14 leaders from J-K for the meeting, most of whom have reached New Delhi.
Among the leaders who are scheduled to participate in the meeting are Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tara Chand and GA Mir; National Conference’s Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah; PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, J-K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhari; BJP’s Ravinder Raina, Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta; CPI(M)’s M Y Tarigami; National Panthers Party’s Prof Bheem Singh; and Peoples Conference’s Sajad Gani Lone.
Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Home Secretary would also attend the meeting.
What can be expected?
While reports suggest that the meeting has been called to “strengthen the political ties”, no fixed agenda seems to have been set and a freewheeling discussion is expected.
In spite of this, certain key issues including delimitation, statehood and assembly election are expected to remain topics of conversation.
Although the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has agreed to attend the meeting, its leaders, especially Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, said that they will ask New Delhi to restore Article 370 and 35 A.
Earlier on Wednesday, Apni Party chief Syed Altaf Bukhari welcomed the prospect of meeting with PM Modi and said: “I look at it as a positive development. The Prime Minister had started a process on 14 March 2020, when a delegation of the Apni Party met him and now he has called an all-party meeting. It is a welcome step.”
Discussion on election
J-K has not had an elected government ever since the Mehbooba Mufti-led government fell in June 2018 after BJP walked out of the alliance.
In view of this, the central leadership may discuss the issue of holding assembly elections in the Union Territory, which has a legislative.
But J-K is required to undergo a delimitation exercise before assembly elections can be held there. Modalities of this delimitation exercise are also likely to come up for discussion during the meeting.
A day before the meeting, the Election Commission of India
(ECI) on Wednesday held virtual discussions with its representatives in Jammu and Kashmir and deputy commissioners regarding the delimitation of the 90 assembly constituencies.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 was notified by the government on 9 August 2019, which paved the way for the creation of two UTs — Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature and Ladakh, without it.
The Act provides that the number of seats in the legislative assembly of Jammu and Kashmir shall be increased from 107 to 114, and the delimitation of the constituencies will be determined by the EC.
Chhadi Pooja begins in Pahalgam, covid guidelines followed during yatra
As the Amarnath Yatra gets canceled this year due to the covid-19 pandemic, Chhadi yatra was carried today in Kashmir from Srinagar to Pahalgam and Chhadi pooja was performed in Surya Temple.
Devotees from all over the Country joined the yatra and participated in the pooja. They shouted the chants of Lord Shiva and expressed their happiness.
“I’m from Surat. My group of friends is here to attend the pooja. Last year the yatra didn’t happen due to covid-19 but this year we are excited and happy to take Lord Mahadev’s blessings.” said a devotee
The yatra happened by following all the covid-19 precautionary measures by the devotees as well as the priests. They also appreciated Administration’s preparations and facilities.
“Covid-19 is an invisible enemy. Unless we all follow the guidelines, we can’t be safe. Hospitals are meant for cure. The ICU beds cannot prevent us from falling ill. Government has provided good facilities and it’s our role to protect ourselves and maintain social distancing.” a Priest said
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
Girl slips in waterfall while taking selfie, dies
In a tragic incident, a woman died after she fell into Aharbal waterfall at Kulgam in Kashmir while trying to click a selfie.
The mishap happened on Friday afternoon when the girl along with her cousin went for some work in a near the Aharbal waterfall. While taking a selfie with the beautiful background, her foot slipped and she fell in the waterfall.
The locals and SDRF team gathered around to save the girl. She was taken to a Hospital in Manzgam where the Authorities detained her for one hour and was later referred to Kulgam’s Hospital.
The girl’s family seemed resented with the Hospital Administration’s behaviour. According to them, she tried making movement but the staff’s delay led to her death.
“The Hospital lacks facilities. Staff wasted time for interrogation and the Ambulance driver abused us. Girl’s life was more important and could get saved if she was treated on time.” said a family member
Many similar accidents have happened in recent times. The selfie trends aren’t important than one’s life. People are requested to take care while doing something like this.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
2 terrorists killed in Bandipora encounter
Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces at Shokbaba forest, Sumblar area of Bandipora on Saturday, informed the Kashmir Zone Police.
A search operation is currently underway, it said. Further details are awaited, it added.
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