People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration

Summary

The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) is a political alliance between the several regional political parties in Jammu and Kashmir campaigning for autonomy for the region by restoring special status along with Article 35A of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.[1][2] Farooq Abdullah is the president of the alliance.[3][4]

People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration
AbbreviationPAGD
ChairpersonFarooq Abdullah
SpokespersonMohammed Yousuf Tarigami
Founder
Founded20 October 2020; 20 months ago (2020-10-20)
HeadquartersSrinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
IdeologyRestoration of Article 370 and 35A
Alliance5 parties
Seats in Seats in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly
0 / 90
Seats in Seats in District Development Council
102 / 280
Number of states and union territories in government
0 / 31
Party flag
Flag of Jammu and Kashmir (1952-2019).svg
Website
https://twitter.com/JKPAGD

BackgroundEdit

On 5 August 2019, the Parliament of India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution of India, the temporary special status of Jammu and Kashmir, thereby ending the limited autonomy the state enjoyed in affairs other than foreign affairs, defence and communication, etc. Further, the state was re-organised and evolved into two new union territories, Jammu and Kashmir in the west and Ladakh in the east.

The Government of India had placed separatist leaders under house arrest and suspended internet services to maintain law and order for civilians and to tackle militancy.[5][6]

Member partiesEdit

Current membersEdit

Former membersEdit

Gupkar declarationsEdit

First declarationEdit

On 4 August 2019, the following leaders met at Gupkar Residence:[8][9]

The first Gupkar Declaration was unanimously passed by all present as a baseline:[8][9]

It was unanimously resolved:

1. That all the parties would be united in their resolve to protect and defend the identity, autonomy and special status of J&K against all attacks and onslaughts whatsoever.

2. That modification, abrogation of Articles 35A, 370, unconstitutional delimitation or trifurcation of the State would be an aggression against the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

3. That the parties participating in the meeting resolved to seek audience with the President and Prime Minister of India and the leaders of other political parties to apprise them of the current situation and make an appeal to them to safeguard the legitimate interests of the people of the State with regard to the guarantees given to the State by the Constitution of our country.

Second declarationEdit

The second Gupkar Declaration, was signed on 22 August 2020 by seven political parties, including National Conference, People's Democratic Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference, Awami National Conference, Indian National Congress and Jammu & Kashmir People's Movement. The signatories once again asserted that they were bound by the status quo of August 4, 2019. The Gupkar declaration and parties would strive for the restoration of Article 370 and Article 35A.

On 17 November 2020, the Indian National Congress denied their involvement with the PAGD. Their Jammu and Kashmir leadership claimed that they may pursue a state-level electoral alliance but denied that they are signatories of the proclamations. The Congress Party also condemned Mehbooba Mufti's comments on abandoning the Indian Tricolour as well as Farooq Abdullah's statements asking for foreign interference into India's internal matters.[10]

Later developmentsEdit

On 19 January 2021, the Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference announced that it was pulling out of the alliance, citing differences with the member parties.[7]

SymbolsEdit

The alliance uses the flag of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir as an official symbol.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Quint, The (15 October 2020). "Here's What the Gupkar Declaration 2.0 Aims to Achieve in J&K". TheQuint.
  2. ^ "Gupkar Declaration: 6 Kashmir parties join hands to forge People's Alliance". Hindustan Times. 15 October 2020.
  3. ^ Masood, Bashaarat (21 November 2020). "PAGD candidates not allowed to canvass, confined to 'secure locations': Farooq writes to J&K poll panel". Indian Express.
  4. ^ "Our doors open for everyone, will use every opportunity to fight for people's rights: PAGD". The Kashmir Walla. 9 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  5. ^ Gettleman, Jeffrey; Raj, Suhasini; Schultz, Kai; Kumar, Hari (5 August 2019). "India Revokes Kashmir's Special Status, Raising Fears of Unrest". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Article 370: What happened with Kashmir and why it matters". BBC News. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Sajad Lone's Peoples Conference pulls out of Gupkar alliance". The Hindu. 19 January 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Gupkar Declaration August 4, 2019". Frontline. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  9. ^ a b "After all-party meeting, Gupkar declaration issued". Kashmir Life. 4 August 2019. Archived from the original on 4 August 2019.
  10. ^ Manoj C. G (18 November 2020). "With Gupkar alliance and out of it: how Congress pushed to wall". The Indian Express.
  11. ^ "Gupkar alliance adopts J&K flag as symbol, Farooq says it's 'anti-BJP, not anti-national'". 24 October 2020.

ExternalEdit

  • Official Twitter feed