The all party meeting was held for three hours, but no specific conclusion was drawn from it. While PM Narendra Modi has declared the continuation of the “rapid delimitation process” in order to contest elections, Mehbooba Mufti, Farook and Omar Abdullah among others have demanded the restoration of Article 370 and “statehood” for Jammu and Kashmir.
“People of J&K will get Article 370 back.Even if it takes months or years. We will continue our struggle constitutionally, democratically, and peacefully. We didn’t get it from Pakistan. It was given to us by our country, by Nehru, Sardar Patel” said Mehbooba Mufti(PDP).
The National Conference leader Omar Abdullah didn’t specifically mention Article 370, he demanded the status of “full statehood” for Jammu and Kashmir instead of its current status of an Union Territory (U.T.).
While the PM was heard saying “We want to remove Dilli ki Doori as well as Dil ki Doori”.
Which parties from Kashmir were present at the all party meet?
The main parties of the Gupkar alliance were present at the meeting. This includes –
- Mehbooba Mufti from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah from National Conference
- Ravinder Raina, Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta of BJP
- CPI(M)’s M Y Tarigami
- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tara Chand and GA Mir from Congress
- Altaf Bukhari of J-K Apni Party
- National Panthers Party’s Prof Bheem Singh.
Why is the BJP focusing on a “quick delimitation”?
The parties have not been able to come to a consensus on delimitation because it is directly related to the representation of Muslim-populated Kashmir and Hindu-populated Jammu.
The leaders in the valley fear the more representation will be given to Jammu instead of Kashmir.
Delimitation refers to the process of demarcation of the boundaries of parliamentary or assembly constituencies.
After enacting Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the seats in the Legislative Assembly will be increased by seven seats, i.e. from 83 to 90 post-delimitation.
A delimitation commission, under retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, was set up by the government in 2020. While it was supposed to lapse on 5 March this year, it was given a year’s extension due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the delays caused by it.
It is, however, evident from the PM’s talks and tweets after the meeting that the commission had resumed its work at a rapid pace.
What is the conclusion?
The conclusion as of now is that there is no conclusion. While all parties from the valley have demanded for “statehood” return to pre 2019 conditions, the BJP under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are eager for delimitation and elections in the “valley of unrest”.