National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday declared an alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's People Democratic Party (PDP) after the meeting was held between the two parties. The alliance's main goal is to restore the special status that earlier existed in Jammu and Kashmir before the nullification of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
“We have named this alliance as the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Our battle is a constitutional battle and we want the government of India to return to the people of the State the rights they held before 5th Aug 2019. We aim to restore J&K’s constitutional status as it existed before Aug 5 last year,” former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said after the meeting of the signatories. The newly created alliance will include parties namely NC, PDP, CPI(M), PC, JKPM, and ANC.
It was a two-hour-long conference, held at Farooq Abdullah's resident on Thursday, which was attended by Mufti, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone, CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and Peoples Movement leader Javaid Mir. Omar Abdullah, vice president of the National Conference, and other senior leaders of the party were also attending the meeting.
The special status of the former state of J&K was scrapped and the state was broken into two Union Territories. A crackdown followed and mainstream political leaders were detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA). On August 22 of this year, mainstream political leaders in the valley issued a joint declaration reiterating their commitment to fighting for the restoration of J&K's special status.
Mehbooba, who was under detention then, had given the go-ahead for the resolution over a telephone call with the senior Abdullah. The resolution had vowed to stick by the Gupkar Declaration. The NC president, at today's meeting, called Mufti's 14 months of detention "completely illegal and unjustified".