Ghulam Nabi Azad said – Jammu and Kashmir is expected to get statehood before the elections.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday expressed hope that the Center will not reject the demand of mainstream political parties of the state to restore the status of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the elections.
Azad, who was part of a 14-member delegation from Jammu and Kashmir that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the dialogue process was only a beginning.
Now the Center will have to create a sense of trust among the people of the state.
All the leaders spoke openly.
Former Chief Minister Azad said in an interview that everyone was asked to speak openly in the meeting with the PM.
I think all the leaders spoke very frankly. The important thing is that there was no ill-will towards anyone.
Senior Congress leader Azad said he had made it clear in the meeting that Union Territory status to Jammu and Kashmir was not acceptable.
All the leaders gave support for this. Besides Azad, three other former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti were also part of the multi-party delegation.
He said that we have made our point clear. We only want one thing. First of all, statehood should be restored.
After that, there should be elections. Of course, they (Centre) have not responded. But all the political parties had a united stand in this matter.
Things have changed now
Asked what is the probability that the Center will agree to the first demand of the state, Azad said, “I think things have changed now.”
This meeting has given a great opportunity to understand the concerns and issues.
I think the way the Prime Minister said that forget the past and we have to bring peace and build new bridges of trust between Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, is very important.
End of repression in Jammu and Kashmir: Mehbooba
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that the era of oppression and repression in the union territory must be ended.
This will make the dialogue process initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the mainstream leadership of Jammu and Kashmir credible.
The government should note that dissenting voice is not a criminal act.
Give the right to breathe first.
The former Chief Minister of the state said that the people here should be given the right to breathe peacefully first and the rest will be seen later.
She described the Prime Minister’s meeting with a 14-member delegation from Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday as a way to end the sufferings.
She clarified that it is the responsibility of the Center to make the dialogue process credible. He should initiate confidence-building measures.
In an interview, she said that there should be a distance of hearts among the people here. The stringent laws that have been implemented in the state in the recent past should be withdrawn.
Along with arranging employment for the youth, the land rights of the people will have to be protected.