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Article 370 Abrogation: Unprecedented Peace in 2 Years, Says PM; Gupkar Alliance Holds Meeting

The Centre on August 5, 2019 revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories.

Govt Committed to Restoring Statehood, Say Leaders After Jammu & Kashmir PM Modi's All-Party Meet (Source: ANI)

New Delhi/ Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that since the abrogation of Article 370 two years ago there has been unprecedented peace and progress in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, a meeting of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) leaders was held at its chairman and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s residence in Srinagar on Thursday.

“A historic day. Two years ago, on this day, the first big step towards a #NewJammuKashmir was taken. Since then, there has been unprecedented peace & progress in the region. Head to Your Voice section of Volunteer module on NaMo App for informative content, graphics and more!” tweeted the official account of Narendra Modi’s personal website.

On the other hand, some 800 kilometers away from national capital, Gupkar alliance’s leaders like vice-chairperson and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, its spokesperson and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami, and senior vice president of the Awami National Conference, Muzaffar Shah, gathered to discuss the situation on the second anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into union territories.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said people had no choice but to “resist to exist” when “gross injustice” is heaped on them.

“No words or pictures are enough to depict the pain, torment & upheaval inflicted upon J&K on this black day two years ago. When unbridled oppression is unleashed & gross injustice heaped there is no other choice but to resist to exist,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said in a tweet.

The Centre on August 5, 2019 revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories.

Mufti and her PDP have been very vocal in their opposition to the Centre’s move two years ago. PAGD – an amalgam of six mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir who seek the restoration of the special status of the erstwhile state, met with PM Modi on June 29. Days after the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Alliance on July 5 expressed disappointment at the outcome of the All-Party Meeting and has decided to reach out to other political parties in J&K.

“August 5 will always be a negative milestone in the history of J&K. It was a political and psychological setback for the people of J&K,” Khursheed Alam of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference said. Other mainstream political parties also have taken a public stand against the revocation of the special status but have given more importance to restoration of statehood.

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(with inputs from ANI and PTI)

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