Farooq Abdullah appointed president of People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti was named as vice president

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah with Kashmiri Pandits at Durga Nag Temple  in Srinagar | PTI National Conference President Farooq Abdullah with Kashmiri Pandits at Durga Nag Temple in Srinagar | PTI

People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, an alliance of seven political parties of Jammu and Kashmir that signed the Gupkar Declaration, on Saturday appointed National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah as its president and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti as vice president.

CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami is the convenor of the alliance while Sajad Lone of the People's Conference was named as spokesperson.

Hasnain Masoodi, an NC MP from Anantnag, will be the coordinator.

The decision was taken after a two-hour long meeting of the alliance leaders at Mufti’s residence in Srinagar.

The meeting took place a day after Mufti, in her first press conference after her release from detention, vowed not to contest any election unless J&K’s special status and Constitution are restored.

Mufti had also said that she would not raise any other flag except the flag of the former state until the decision taken on J&K by the BJP government at the Centre on August 5 last year was not reversed.

Saturday's meeting was attended by Abdullah, Mufti, Lone, Tarigami, Javid Mustafa of Peoples Movement and Muzaffar Shah of Awami National Conference. 

“It was decided the flag of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state will be the symbol of the group,’’ Lone told reporters after the meeting.

He said the next meeting will be held in Jammu within two weeks, adding that the alliance will present a document on the “lies” being spread against the people of J&K.

“A white paper will be the tribute to the people of J&K,’’ he said. “The white paper will compare the reality and false propaganda on the ground.” 

Abdullah told reporters that the alliance leaders are not anti-national. “The alliance is not anti-national, but anti-BJP,” he said.

The NC patron said the BJP has tried to divide people and is making attempts to break the federal structure of the country. “It is not a religious fight but the fight for the identity of the nation,” he said.

The Gupkar Declaration was signed on August 4 last year in support of Article 370 at Abdullah's residence at Gupkar Road.

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