Srinagar, July 24: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad who met Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi demanded that J&K’s statehood should be restored before holding assembly elections.
Azad told KNS over phone that he called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed political and social affairs of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that he expressed his concern with regard to increasing COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in Kashmir.
“I also demanded that the statehood should be immediately restored and it should be followed by the assembly election. The various development activities can be carried out only if there is elected state government. Due to result of prolonged Governor rule the development activities have come to standstill; so it is in the interest of the development of the state that elected government be put in place.
During his meeting with PM, Azad also raised issue of downgrading of security of political leaders and demanded security, vehicles and accommodation for politicians irrespective of party affiliations.
Azad told PM that militancy has increased and it’s unfortunate the security of political leaders has been reduced and accommodation should be provided to leaders irrespective of political leaders.
” I informed Prime Minister need for political activities in J&K. The political activities pave way for development and people participation in development increases which is not case during Governor’s Administration,” he added.
Azad also demanded the augmentation of capabilities and capacities for effective fight against Covid-19 in J&K.
The meeting was held regarding the Kashmir specific issues only and lasted for more than hour. (KNS)