Ram Madhav calls “Gupkar alliance” a “façade: No return to special status

17th October 2020

17th October 2020

Ram Madhav of BJP has termed the newly developed Gupkar alliance as a "facade".

Highlighting that the abrogation of Article 370 is a "good gain" for the Modi government, Ram Madhav claimed that the 'Gupkaris' are taking the people of Kashmir "for a ride,"

Every Kashmiri is well aware of the fact that special status is not going to return, he said.

Those who signed the new Gupkar alliance should have a look at the "realpolitik", he added.

On August 5, 2019, the Indian government had scrapped the Article 370 that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), an erstwhile state.

Now, after a year, an alliance has been formed by the erstwhile state's former chief ministers including Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah, and Omar Abdullah with the support of other leaders to restore Article 370.

Mehbooba Mufti, PDP chief met the Kashmiri politicians, the signatories of the Gupkar Declaration of August 4, 2019, on Thursday at the residence of Farooq Abdullah, NC chief, soon after her release from the detention of 14 months.

Farooq Abdullah affirmed the restoration of Article 370 by the centre while he signed the new Gupkar alliance.

On August 4, 2019, a resolution was passed via the Gupkar declaration by Congress, PDP, NC, ANC, JKPC, and CPI(M) pledging the protection of the J&K's "identity, autonomy and special status."

Abdullah announced that the new alliance will be called the 'People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration'.

The immediate release of J&K's political detainees was demanded by Abdullah and a peaceful dialogue's arrangement with all stakeholders.  

Except for GA Mir, Congress chief of J&K, all the signatories of the original Gupkar Declaration were present there.

Abdullah said, "our battle is a Constitutional battle. We want the government of India to return to the people of this state the rights they held before August 5, 2019."

Parliament revoked Article 35 A & Article 370 that day and bifurcated the state of Jammu & Kashmir into two union territories, Ladakh & Jammu-Kashmir.

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