Won't Contest Polls Until Article 370 Is Restored: Mehbooba Mufti To NDTV

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Before elections we need Confidence Building Measures as people's confidence is shaken: Mehbooba Mufti

New Delhi:

A day after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stressed today that before elections, the government needs to reach out to people and restore their shattered confidence. 

She also declared she would not contest polls until Article 370 was restored and if her party won, she would not be Chief Minister.

"I won't fight any election until Article 370 is restored. Otherwise they will say I am doing it for political gains. But my party does not want to leave any democratic space or it will be taken away by other forces. If the party wins, there are other senior leaders. I will not be Chief Minister. I want to send message to my people that it is not a mere slogan for me," Mehbooba Mufti told NDTV.

The three-hour meeting was PM Modi's first outreach to mainstream Jammu and Kashmir leaders who have been fiercely critical of his government's decision to scrap special status under Article 370 and downgrade the state into two Union Territories in 2019.

PM Modi talked about removing "Dilli ki Doori as well as Dil Ki Doori".

He also assured that statehood would be restored "at an appropriate time" but urged the leaders to get on board with delimitation or redrawing of constituencies so elections could be held in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Before elections we need Confidence Building Measures as people's confidence is shaken, they are shattered. They are depressed," said the People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader.

"We thought we will be able to get some confidence building measures, maybe we will be able to give some relief to people. That is why we felt it was important to go (for the meeting)."

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