Political Parties Join Hands To Restore J&K’s Status

New Delhi: The mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday held a meeting and formed an alliance ‘People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’ pledging to work for the restoration of the UT’s pre-August 5, 2019, constitutional status.

The meeting was held at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and attended by former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone, People’s Movement leader Javaid Mir and CPIM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigam
After the two-hour meeting, Abdullah said, “Our battle is a constitutional battle; we want the Government of India to return to the people of the state the rights they held before 5th August 2019.” “We shall struggle for restoration of what was snatched from Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh,” he added.

The National Conference chief had convened the meeting at his home to chalk out the future course of action on ‘Gupkar Declaration’ with regard to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Gupkar Declaration was signed on August 4, 2019, after an all-party meeting at the Gupkar Road residence Mr Abdullah. It marked a resolution of attending regional parties and the Congress to protect Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status and fight against any move to dilute it.

The Centre revoked the special constitutional status of the state and also bifurcated it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. In a follow up, the political parties had met again in August this year and vowed to fight for restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

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