A meeting of the Congress committee on Jammu and Kashmir affairs will be chaired today virtually by the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Karan Singh, P Chidambaram, and the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir will be attending the meeting. The meeting is anticipated to discuss Congress’ stand on various issues in regards to the issue of Jammu & Kashmir.
The meeting assumes importance as it takes place before an all-party meeting of the political parties from the Union Territory convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24.
This meeting is a part of the Centre’s initiatives to strengthen political processes, comprising holding assembly elections, in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah has verified that his party has received a formal invite for the meeting while People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has also said that she had received a call regarding PM Modi’s meeting and is expecting a formal invitation.
On Saturday invitations were sent to 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, including four former chief ministers, for participation in a high-level meeting.
This will be the Prime Minister’s first interaction with all the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019, when the Centre abolished the state’s special status and bifurcated it into union territories.