PM Modi’s all-party meeting on J&K may discuss polls, development
Political parties from Jammu & Kashmir had a conference with Prime Minister. On Wednesday, all 20 deputy commissioners of the Union territory had a get together with the Delimitation Commission secretariat for a virtual discussion. Main topics like physical, demographic and administrative issues concerning their respective districts.
The data, enhanced earlier by the DCs on the delimitation panel’s direction, is to be used for redrawing the assembly segments in J&K, which will see addition of seven new constituencies and delineating of ‘reserved’ constituencies.
The delimitation, or redrawing of the assembly constituencies, is requirement for the conduct of assembly polls in the state. The authorities and the political class are looking forward to. As they seek to kick the political process, already underway, into a higher gear. An objective through speeding up of development to dominate the agenda of the meeting PM Narendra Modi will hold.
The agenda of PM’s meeting is likely to focus on taking forward political participation. Started with holding of the first-ever district development council (DDC ) polls. Engaging with political leadership from the valley. “Return of statehood or restoration of Article 370 to its pristine form is not on the table,” stressed a source.
Sources said the all-party meeting will offer a sounding board for the mainstream political leaders of J&K. To put across their views on issues they consider important. The progress was made by J&K administration after the abrogation of Article 370 on fronts like development.
A repeation of the government’s commitment to hold them after the delimitation process can be expected. Any assurance on timing is unlikely as both delimitation and elections lie in the domain of Constitutional bodies. The Delimitation Commission set up under the Delimitation Act decides the course of delimitation exercise. Meeting wish political parties to take part in the Delimitation Commission’s proceedings in the days to come. Considering that National Conference MPs had absented themselves from the meeting of associate members.
So, meeting may reiterate the assurances given by the Prime Minister and Home Minister in Parliament in this regard.