Delegation meet Abdullahs, Will Modi government allow National Conference to contest polls?

Srinagar, Oct 6: A 15-member delegation of the National Conference (NC) leaders from Jammu on Sunday is meeting with the party’s President Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah in Srinagar, who have been placed under detention since August 5, the day on which Home Minister Amit Shah abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting is being held after the permission by the Jammu and Kashmir administration .The Modi government is under immense pressure from the international community to release all the political leaders that are detained since August 5 and to ease restrictions immediately on the people of Jammu and Kashmir .

National Conference (NC) leaders Hasnain Masoodi and Akbar Lone meets former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah and his wife Molly Abdullah at their residence in Srinagar.
The local body polls are due on october 27.

The 15-member party delegation is led by Devinder Singh Rana, brother of the BJP leader and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitender Singh, NC’s Jammu Province Chief, who was also Political Advisor to then Chief Minister Omar in 2009-2014.

Farooq Abdullah, the NC patriarch, three-time Chief Minister and the octogenarian Lok Sabha member from Srinagar has been detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) at his own residence on Gupkar Road, his son Omar has been lodged at Hari Niwas Palace on the same street.
No one was allowed to meet any detained political leaders , the Jammu and Kashmir administration has finally allowed party members to meet them.

Madan Mantoo said, “The delegation, comprising provincial president Devender Singh Rana and former party legislators, will leave from Jammu on Sunday morning.”

Mantoo said the decision to meet the two leaders was taken during an emergency meeting of the senior functionaries and district presidents of Jammu on Wednesday, soon after restrictions on the movement of Jammu-based National Conference leaders were lifted.

The Modi government has been reluctant to commit on releasing the leaders that have been detained in Jammu and Kashmir . The Modi Ministers and top brass including Ajit Doval argue that the restrictions on the people of Kashmir is in the interest of the Jammu and Kashmir as there is no protests or bloodbath.

According to reports, the Satya Pal Malik administration believes that the state was spared a “bloodbath” after the August 5 decision just because of timely preventive action against Mehbooba Mufti and the Abdullahs.

The government also took similar action against other Kashmir-based politicians, including Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference chairman Sajjad Lone, to prevent a possible backlash from the public.

Therefore, in a way, by detaining leaders and putting people of Kashmir under lockdown and with communication blackout in the 21st century , the Modi government acknowledges that the government policy is anti-people.

The Election Authority announced the dates for the J&K Block Development Council (BDC). These elections will be the first to take place in the state since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 and would be a test to the security situation. The Election Authority announced the poll schedule for the election of chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) in the 310 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer said that the J&K BDC elections will be conducted on October 24 from 9 am till 1 pm.

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