A National Conference delegation, led by its president Farooq Abdullah, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday and conveyed to him that assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir should be held before the end of the year.
The delegation, which met Modi for about 20 minutes, also requested him not to take any step that may lead to deterioration in the situation in Kashmir.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who was also part of the delegation along with party MP Hasnain Masoodi, said they apprised the Prime Minister about the situation in the state and the apprehensions of the people. “We discussed two issues with the Prime Minister. We told him that no step should be taken which will lead to deterioration of the situation in Kashmir. We also told him that the assembly elections should be held before the end of the year,” Omar told reporters here.
He said that they have conveyed to the Prime Minister that the situation in the Kashmir has improved and it is better than last year, but the situation can deteriorate at any time. “We apprised him about the people’s feelings and also told him that there is tension in the people’s mind,” Omar added.
Asked whether the speculation about the possibility of scrapping of Article 35A of the Constitution was taken up with the Prime Minister, Omar said they did not specify about it. “But, when we say that there should be no step that means it covers all issues, including Article 35A and Article 370,” he said.