Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed hope that the central government will not reject the demand of mainstream political parties of the state to restore the status of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the elections. Azad, who was part of a 14-member delegation from Jammu and Kashmir that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the dialogue process was only a beginning. Now the Center will have to create a sense of trust among the people of the state.
Former Chief Minister Azad said in an interview that everyone was asked to speak openly in the meeting with the PM. I think all the leaders spoke very frankly. The important thing is that there was no ill-will towards anyone.
Senior Congress leader Azad said he had made it clear in the meeting that Union Territory status to Jammu and Kashmir was not acceptable. All the leaders gave support for this. Besides Azad, three other former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were also part of the multi-party delegation.