'Wanted to discuss restoration of status before August 5, but..': Congress' GA Ahmad Mir on PM Modi's meet with Gupkar alliance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's high level meet held on June 24 had created anticipation as it was the first meet between the PM and leaders of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. However, the three hours meeting did not have major discussion on Article 370.

Congress leader GA Ahmad Mir speaking about the meeting said that we wanted to discuss restoration of status before August 5, but there was no point as the the government of India has made up its mind. He further said that the matter will be handled through judiciary. "Right now, full statehood is what we are aiming," he added further.

PM Modi on June 24 held a crucial meeting with 14 leaders, including four former chief ministers, to chalk out the future course of action in the union territory. There was no discussion on abrogation of Article 370 in the three-hour meeting as the matter is sub judice. "On Article 370 abrogation, People's Conference leader Baig says matter pending in Supreme Court, there was no point in discussing it," news agency PTI reported. "Almost 80% of parties spoke on Art 370 but the matter is sub judice in court," news agency ANI quoted senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as saying.

For the uninitiated, the National Conference and a few other parties have challenged the August 5 decision and the delimitation exercise before the Supreme Court.

Modi's J and K outreach also saw the prime minister conveying to the 14 political leaders from the union territory during their face-to-face meeting here that he wanted to end the 'Dilli ki Duri' as well as 'Dil ki Duri' (distance from Delhi as well as distance of hearts) with Jammu and Kashmir, which has witnessed prolonged spell of militancy and unrest. The participants at the three-and-a-half hour long high-level meeting included four former chief ministers.

Official sources said the prime minister appreciated the cordial atmosphere of the talks and the frank exchange of views.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was also present at the meeting, tweeted to say the delimitation exercise and holding of peaceful elections in the Union Territory are important milestones in restoring statehood as promised in the Parliament.

"The meeting was held in a very cordial manner. We came out quite positive that hopefully there will be some delivery for the people of Jammu and Kashmir," said People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone.

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