Narendra Modi on June 24,ongress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that restoration of full statehood in Jammu and Kashmir will be the main agenda when top leaders from the Union territory meet Prime Minister
Azad, however, didn’t say if his party would demand a restoration of Article 370 which the Centre abrogated in August 2019, stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.
“Sabse unchi demand statehood ki hogi (the top demand will be statehood). That will be top of the agenda. And it was promised on the floor of the House as well. Full-fledged statehood…not L-G’s statehood,” Indian Express quoted Azad as saying.
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Azad said that he is still discussing the issue of restoration of Article 370 with leaders from the Union territory and will then discuss with his party leadership.
“I am consulting Congress leaders from both Jammu and Kashmir. After that, I will seek guidance from our party’s leadership – the Congress president and former prime minister Manmohan Singh – and those colleagues who were directly or indirectly involved in this…So it is too early to say. Yes, I can say that full statehood will be top of the agenda,” Azad said adding that the party will plan its stance and policy after discussions.