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Gupkar Alliance leaders to attend PM's meeting, but say no compromise on the Article 370

After a meeting held at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, the leaders of Kashmir-based political parties clarified that they are not visiting New Delhi to endorse the Centre's decision on abrogating Article 370.

Gupkar Alliance leaders to attend PM's meeting, but say no compromise on the Article 370-VPN
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Srinagar, First Published Jun 22, 2021, 12:39 PM IST
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People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), or Gupkar Alliance, has announced that it will participate in the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24.

After a meeting held at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, the leaders of Kashmir-based political parties clarified that they are not visiting New Delhi to endorse the Centre's decision on abrogating Article 370.

NC leader Omar Abdullah clearly stated that there will be no compromise on the Article 370 issue.

The Gupkar Alliance members said there were no pre-conditions given by New Delhi on the talks.

Farooq Abdullah said that he along with PDP patron Mehbooba Mufti and CPI-M leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami would join the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister. 

"We hope to keep our agenda before the Prime Minister and the Home Minister," he said.

The June 24 meeting is being viewed as the Centre's bid to invite the alliance into the mainstream politics of Jammu and Kashmir and help conduct elections in the Valley.

PAGD is an alliance of six political parties of J&K, including the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was formed following the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and split J&K into two Union Territories in August 2019.

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