‘Division of State is Unacceptable’: NC, PDP, Congress Demand Restoration of Article 370 in J&K

Kashmir’s central political forces are determined to close quarters and fight for the restoration of Article 370 and 35A revoked by the BJP-led government more than a year ago.

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, Congress head GA Mir and Sajjad Lone-led People’s Conference have vowed to fight for the restoration of the two articles.

The leaders, according to a National Conference (NC) press handout, have reemphasized that they are bound by the Gupkar Declaration of August 2019. They said that they have pledged to safeguard JK’s quasi autonomy constitutional position.

The Gupkar Declaration was chosen by the Kashmir based parties and Congress days before the August 5.he decision was preceded by the unjust arrest of hundreds of political leaders, including three former chief ministers and youngsters.

An NC press statement that was circulated on behalf of all leaders read:

“We are committed to strive for the restoration of Articles 370 and 35A, the Constitution of J&K and the restoration of the State and any division of the State is unacceptable to us. We unanimously reiterate that there can be “nothing about us without us.

The signatories to the GUPKAR DECLARATION of August 4 2019 have barely managed to establish a basic level of communication with each other in the face of a series of prohibitive and punitive curbs imposed by the government, aimed at impeding all social and political interactions. The limited confabulations held within the constraints imposed have resulted in this unanimous resolution.”

Though the leaders of various parties have not been able to meet corporally in one place, sources indicate they have been in touch with each other for the last few weeks.