J&K: Gupkar alliance says will participate in PM Modi's meeting
The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) today said its leader will take part in the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24. Top leaders of the alliance met earlier in the day at Gupkar road, Srinagar, the residence of PAGD President Farooq Abdullah, to discuss their strategy for the meeting. Here are more details on this.
"Mehbooba (Mufti) ji, Tarigami sahib and I will attend the all-party meeting called by the PM. We hope to keep our agenda before PM and Home Minister," Abdullah told reporters after today's meeting. Tarigami, a leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has also been invited to the PM's meet. Other invitees include Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and JKAP chief Altaf Bukhari.
The central government had last week sent invites to 14 leaders from Jammu Kashmir for the meeting on Thursday. The meet is being seen as the first step toward restarting political processes in the former state, that was stripped of its special status and subsequently bifurcated into two Union Territories in 2019. Assembly elections are also due to be held in Jammu and Kashmir.
Former CM Mehbooba Mufti's party, the PDP, had authorized her to take a call on the invitation from New Delhi. Meanwhile, National Conference chief Abdullah has also called a meeting of senior party leaders on Wednesday. The majority view in the NC was it should participate in the all-party meet and raise the issue of restoration of the state's autonomous status, reported Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina had said he would hold a meeting with senior party leaders to prepare a "counter-strategy" against the Gupkar alliance for the all-party meet. That meeting was to take place at 11 am in Jammu.
The Gupkar alliance is an amalgam of five mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir, including the PDP, the NC, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, and the Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (JKANC). It was formed last October with the aim of restoring provisions of Article 370, which granted a special status to J&K.