Political parties in Kashmir give formal shape to their alliance formed after the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir last year. “We have named this alliance as the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Our battle is a constitutional battle, we want the government of India to return to the people of the State the rights they held before 5th Aug 2019,” National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said.
WHY WAS THE GUPKAR DECLARATION SIGNED?
On August 4, 2019, the first Gupkar declaration was signed after an all-party meeting at the Gupkar Road residence of NC supremo Farooq Abdullah. The resolution had parties unanimously agreeing to unify in their efforts to protect and defend the identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The signatories were reportedly members of the NC, PDP, CPI(M), Congress, J&K Peoples Conference and Awami National Conference.
Just a day after this, on 5 August 2019 however, the central government revoked the special status under Article 370 and split Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. The Article 35A, which guaranteed specific rights to permanent residents of the former state was also repealed. What followed was a complete lockdown in J&K, with communications within the then state blocked out. Senior political leaders from most parties were placed under house arrest.
With most political leaders now released from detention, efforts are on to renew the movement by signing the Gupkar Declaration 2.0.