People’s Alliance Holding Third Meet In Jammu Today

Srinagar: People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) is holding its third round of meeting in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to chalk out strategy for the fight for special status restoration besides taking a final call on participation in the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls.

According to the reports, PAGD President Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti, Awami National Conference (ANC) senior Vice- President, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah have reached Jammu to attend the third round of meeting scheduled to be held at NC Patron’s Bathindi residence in Jammu on Saturday afternoon.

While Mehbooba was shown black flags by members of right wing groups at the Jammu Airport on her arrival on Thursday, MP Farooq and his son were given a rousing welcome by the party workers on their arrival.

According to sources, the PAGD leaders will also hold consultations on the announcement of eight-phase polls to 20 district development councils (DDCs) in the Jammu and Kashmir starting from November 28.

“The PAGD will also take Jammu based leadership on board. Deliberations will be held on the fallout of special status revocation and a strategy will be formulated to strengthen the ongoing movement launched by PAGD,” sources said.

CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, who is convenor of the alliance, told a local news agency KNO that the deputations will start arriving at Farooq’s residence from 10:00 AM.

“The meeting of the alliance will be held in the afternoon,” he said.

He said different issues including the forthcoming (DDC elections as well as by-elections for Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies will be discussed in the meeting.

Pertinently, this will be the third meet of a mainstream conglomerate since its formation last month. After the Jammu meet, PAGD is scheduled to hold a convention in Srinagar on November 17.

On October 24, six mainstream parties of J&K gave a formal shape to the Gupkar Declaration of August 4, 2019 by announcing formation of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) to fight for the restoration of erstwhile state’s semi-autonomous position. (With agency inputs)

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