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Ahead of talks between GoI and JK politicians, Congress asks for restoration of statehood, conduct of elections

New Delhi: As the Government of India is planning to meet politicians of Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi, the Congress on Sunday said that restoring full statehood and conduct of elections is a way forward to restore democracy.

Addressing a press conference, Randeep Singh Surjewala, the party general secretary, said, “Let me draw your attention towards the Congress working committee resolution on August 6, 2019, whereby it clearly demanded the restoration of the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that and undoing it is a direct attack on the democracy and the constitutional principles.”

“Indian National Congress believes a grant of full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir as also holding elections so that people are able to elect their representatives instead of a rule by Delhi, is the only way forward to guarantee the full democratic right,” he added.

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