Gupkar Alliance will meet with PM Modi, to demand statehood, restoration of Article 370
New Delhi, June 22: All parties part of the 6 party grouping in Jammu and Kashmir called the Gupkar Alliance will attend the all party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24.
The alliance met today to device a joint strategy during the meet for which 14 leaders including former chief ministers and deputy chief ministers have been invited. Sources however informed that the grouping is likely to stick to their demand for restoration of statehood. The meeting will be attended by Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah among others.
A week back National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah had signalled that they were open to talks with the Centre. We have not closed any doors or options. We will decide on the meeting at the time they invite us, Abdullah also said.
Following Tuesday's meet Abdullah confirmed the participation in the meeting. The alliance said that there would be no compromise on the restoration of Article 35-A and 370. The Indian Parliament had abrogated Article 370 in 2019, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
When contacted a source told OneIndia that the main focus of the meeting would be on the elections to be held in Jammu and Kashmir, which is now headed by the LG, Manoj Sinha. The delimitation exercise would also be discussed. When asked if the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir would be discussed the source cited above said that the parties from J&K will make that demand. However there has been no decision on it as of now, he also added.
This is the first major outreach by the Centre ever since Article 370 was abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir. Last Friday, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, LG Manoj Sinha along with top security and intelligence officials.
The Gupkar Alliance or PAGD, a seven party amalgam formed to seek the restoration of Article 370 has shown its willingness to speak with the Centre. In December the Centre had held the local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The Gupkar Alliance won more than 100 seats, while the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 70 seats.