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PM Modi goes north: Impact on Kashmir after all-party meet

  The Northern-crown states have been a cause of age-old pride and headache both for India. August 5, 2019, was the day when Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) were divided into two separate union territories. They were enjoying the special status of Limited Autonomy since 1954. It was revoked when Prime Minister Narendra Modi nullified Article 370.

After almost two years, PM Modi urged all parties to participate in a high-level cabinet meeting with the leaders of the two Union Territories. The goal was to discuss, imposing the delimitation exercise for strengthening the democratic process in Jammu Kashmir. As per his request, the high-profile All-party meeting was attended by 14 prominent leaders along with the honorable home minister, Amit Shah.

PM Modi urged the leaders to take part in the delimitation process to be undertaken in the province. He focused on the importance of 'normal assembly elections' in J&K as quickly as possible. PM Modi tweeted on Jun 24, stating the priority to "strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K.” He further stated, " Delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that polls can happen if J&K gets an elected Government that gives strength to their development trajectory " (via Twitter).

J&K has undergone a huge change in its democratic genre and was a non-working province after the abolition of Article 370. Forced Lockdown, recurring armed attacks, high alert terrorist attacks and stuff almost detached the province from the rest of the democracy. State Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir can only happen when the Delimitation exercise is fully completed.

History recorded when Lok Sabha constituency Delimitation was done in accordance to Indian Constitution in the year 2002- 2008, the state of J&K then didn't take part. Hence, after the abrogation of Article 370, a pristine Committee has to be formed to fix the current democratic turmoil in the UT's.

Another alarming issue in Jammu and Kashmir is a province that is claimed by both India and her immediate North western neighbor, Pakistan. As per the report, the fresh terrorist attack in the IAF base on June 27 and the Crude Bomb aversion by the Indian Army, only raise the alarm to restore law and order in the provinces. Due to the absence of any strong governing bodies since June 2018, Jammu and Kashmir have always been volatile issues for the two countries.

The criticism against Delimitation is also aimed at religious disbursement. PM Modi hinted at the fact that J&K will regain its 'State'-ship at the right time but without Ladakh for the time being.’ He is hopeful for restoring the 'normal' stature promising a win-win for both the teams. With Jammu and Kashmir reorganization Act 2019, the Assembly seats increased in number too. Thus the Centre is ready for Holding Assembly Elections in the UT's.

Political leaders have responded positively to the proposal and the Delimitation process will be a crucial step for the Valley's return to Normal. Conflicts have already been aroused by the center opposition party who focuses on the restoration of Article 370.

However, this decision can pave the way to mend the broken records between the North and the Centre. It can send a positive message to the rest of the world on the whole. However, the most important impact it will have is on the resident of Kashmir. If successful, it can bring a glimmer of peace and normalcy in the daily life of J&K, which has eluded to them for years.
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