India’s Modi describes Kashmir election conditions in first talks since autonomy revocation
Kashmir’s rulers have long demanded the restoration of semi-autonomy and the holding of elections, but India is working to readjust some parliamentary assemblies and constituencies in a process known as ‘delimitation’ .
Modi then took to Twitter to reiterate the line he took during the approximately three-hour talks in New Delhi.
“The demarcation needs to be done at a rapid pace so that the polls can take place and J&K gets an elected government that strengthens J & K’s development trajectory,” he said.
Regional leaders said they insisted on their demand for state restoration and limited autonomy during the talks.
“We told the Prime Minister that we do not support what was done on August 5, 2019,” said Omar Abdullah, head of the National Conference of the regional party. “We are not ready to accept it, but we will not take the law in hand, we will fight in court.
Jammu and Kashmir is fully claimed by both India and its neighbor Pakistan, although each controls only part of it.
The Indian government has said the changes made in 2019 are necessary to spur development in a region where an armed insurgency has been raging for decades against the New Delhi regime.
Demonstrations and blockages
The shocking decision to revoke statehood and semi-autonomy in the region sparked protests from thousands of people and was criticized by local leaders who said they were never consulted.
“I have spoken about the pain, anger and frustration among the people of Jammu and Kashmir since August 2019, about how they feel humiliated,” said Mehbooba Mufti, leader of the People’s Democratic Party. regional. “I said that the people at J&K face a lot of problems… even if they breathe hard, they are imprisoned.”
Many people in Kashmir have criticized the “delineation”, fearing that it is intended to tip the balance of power in the region in favor of Hindu rulers.
Nisar Ahmad, a university student from Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, said he did not have high hopes for Wednesday’s meeting.
“They are not going to go back on what they did,” Ahmad said.