The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) said assembly elections should be held in Jammu and Kashmir only after the Centre restores its statehood.
The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Monday, in their first public statement since last month’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said assembly elections should be held in Jammu and Kashmir only after the Centre restores its statehood.
The centre had revoked the special status given to the erstwhile state and bifurcated it into two union territories.
The Gupkar alliance, expressing disappointment at the outcome of PM Modi’s all-party meeting in New Delhi, cited the absence of any substantial confidence building measures, such as release of political prisoners in Kashmir.
For the first time after PM Modi’s June 24 meeting, all the leaders of the alliance, including People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, and its chief spokesperson M Y Tarigami, and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah met in Srinagar.
The meeting of PAGD leaders came ahead of the visit of the members of the Delimitation Commission to the Union Territory.
On June 24, in his first direct engagement with them in almost two years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with leaders of Jammu and Kashmir for three and a half hours.
PM Modi, during the meeting, had assured the Valley’s leaders that his government was committed to reviving the democratic process through Assembly elections as early as possible and sought their participation in the delimitation exercise.
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