An official in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office said that an all-party meeting on Jammu and Kashmir will be held next week and that the date has been tentatively set. The summit will be the first such political gathering since the Centre removed Jammu and Kashmir from its semi-autonomous status and divided it into two Union territories in August 2019.
According to a second official, the government is eager to restart the democratic process in the region, and efforts have been made to reach out to public officials to encourage them to join. The parties have reached an informal agreement, and an announcement is planned once they meet with Modi in Delhi next week, according to the second official.
The National Conference (NC), the oldest political party in Jammu and Kashmir and the architect of the special status, has said it will contemplate boycotting such events until the region’s special status and statehood are restored. Even though the focus for the meeting was developmental issues and the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir, it appears to have been part of the preparations for the all-party meeting, which was led by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday in Delhi. On Friday, Shah met with Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other important officials.
Shah also praised Sinha and his team for achieving 76 percent of the target in the Union territory and 100 percent in the four districts for the Covid-19 immunisation drive.