From full statehood to domicile rights to safety of their land and jobs – Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) demanded all of it after they met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday night. The assembly gained significance as this was the primary time the Prime Minister met any political outfit from Jammu and Kashmir for the reason that centre revoked Article 370, that granted particular standing to J&Ok, final yr.
The delegation was headed by the get together’s president Altaf Bukhari. “The gap between people and local administration and centre needs to go. We raised this issue,” he stated.
Projecting itself as a 3rd entrance in opposition to two major political events – National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party – the JKAP requested PM Modi to revive full statehood.
“A sense of loss is there among people after mighty state like Jammu Kashmir was reduced to a UT. So we asked the centre to restore statehood,” Gulam Hasan Mir, one of many major architects of JKAP, informed NDTV.
The delegation additionally raised considerations of individuals relating jobs, schooling and their enterprise.
“We asked the PM to bring in domicile law to protect rights of our children,” Mr Mir added.
According to him, talks about delimitation have additionally triggered a way of concern amongst individuals. “In Jammu and Kashmir, people are of the view that this is being done to disempower them. We raised this issue as well. PM has assures us nothing would be done to disempower citizens,” Mir stated.
“PM Modi said no demographic changes will be done. He is a man of commitment. His heart beats for people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mr Bukhari stated.
In an two-hour-long assembly, PM listened to all two dozen delegates. “PM assured us that all steps would be taken for the betterment of region,” Mr Bukhari added.
JKAP compromises of a number of former National Conference and PDP leaders and members.
While Mr Bukhari was a finance minister within the Mehbooba Mufti authorities, Mr Mir is understood for his pro-India politics. He additionally was one of many founding members of the PDP and later additionally a minister in Omar Abdullah’s cupboard.
Interestingly, whereas PM Modi met JKAP leaders in Delhi, former J&Ok chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who was launched on Friday, met his son Omar Abdullah in Srinagar and likewise Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“PM met delegates for two hours. If he gives in to even some of their demands he would be giving them credibility,” a senior functionary within the authorities informed NDTV.
Critics, nonetheless, say everybody is aware of the truth of JKAP and who’s behind its formation. “No one bought the idea of JKAP as a third front neither in Kashmir or Jammu,” stated a former bureaucrat.
Officials within the authorities state that Farooq Abdullah has been launched and its matter of time earlier than each former chief ministers – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – are additionally launched. “It’s now a level playing field for everyone and very healthy for democracy,” stated a senior officer.