Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Jammu and Kashmir on April 24, his first official visit to the region since its special status was revoked in August 2019 and the former state was divided into two Union Territories. This will be Modi’s first political visit to the region since the former state was divided into two Union Territories in August 2019.
PM Modi will deliver a significant speech at a gathering in Samba, which is near Jammu. On the occasion of Panchayati Raj Day, thousands of Panchayat members are expected to turn out for the demonstration.
Terrorist incidents are on the rise in the run-up to the visit, and Panchayat members are increasingly becoming targets of terrorists. Since the beginning of the month, four Panchayat members have been slain.
Since June 2018, Jammu and Kashmir has been under central authority, and Assembly elections are expected to take place later this year. The delimitation panel, which is responsible for redrawing the electrical map of Jammu and Kashmir, is expected to present its findings this month, and the procedure to hold elections may begin as soon as the report is submitted.
Political parties have stated that they expect the Prime Minister to speak on the restoration of statehood in J&K and the holding of elections as soon as possible.
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