he Centre on Saturday extended an invitation to former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and other top political leaders for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla reportedly reached out to these leaders to invite them to the meeting at the prime minister’s residence to discuss the future course of action for the union territory, the officials said.
National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah and son Omar Abdullah, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, were among those who got the call, sources said.
“An intimation has been sent to us. We don’t know exactly what it is about yet but will wait for a formal invitation and then take a call”, said a senior leader, who wished anonymity.
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Four former deputy chief ministers of the erstwhile state including, Tara Chand, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta too have been invited to the meet.
This comes after Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the national capital.
Mehbooba, the last CM of J&K said that invitation to regional political parties from the centre for talks will be discussed during the PAC meeting today (Sunday). She headed a coalition government with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2016 to 2018 when the BJP withdraw from the alliance.
Official sources said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair the meeting on June 24 at New Delhi to discuss political process which has come to a halt after centre abrogated Article 370 and 35 A.
Though no formal agenda of the meeting was made public so far by the centre, the meeting is likely, the political parties are likely to raise the issue of abrogation of special status of the J&K, restoration of statehood and bifurcation of the J&K into two UTs.