Six J&K parties take pledge to restore Article 370; ‘daydream’, says BJP

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SRINAGAR: Making clear there can be “nothing about us without us” in Jammu and

Kashmir

, six mainstream political parties on Saturday termed the abrogation of special status of the erstwhile state as a “spitefully shortsighted” and “grossly unconstitutional” move and pledged a combined effort for restoration of the pre-August 5 position of last year. Taking a dig at the statement, the BJP said the leaders were “day-dreaming” and asserted that the restoration of special status is “next to impossible”.

This is the first combined statement issued by the political parties after more than a year.

Acknowledging the difficulties in bringing out a resolution of all political parties, it said the signatories to the Gupkar Declaration-I, signed on August 4, 2019, “have barely managed to establish basic level of communication with each other” in the face of a series of prohibitive and punitive curbs imposed by the government, aimed at impeding all social and political interactions. The limited confabulations held within the constraints imposed have resulted in this unanimous resolution, it said.

These leaders had met on the eve of August 5, 2019 at the Gupkar residence of Abdullah and a statement, also known as ‘Gupkar Declaration’, had asked people to maintain calm and peace and urged the Centre not to alter the constitutional status of the erstwhile state.

However, the very next day the government moved a resolution in Parliament and announced abrogation of

Article 370

, a provision giving edge in residency and jobs to local people, and also bifurcated it into two union territories — Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

The national and regional political parties termed the changes made in the state in August last year as “unfortunate” which have unrecognizably changed the relationship between Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi.

“In a spitefully shortsighted and unconstitutional move, Articles 370 and 35A were abrogated and the state was bifurcated and relegated to the status of two Union Territories and its Constitution tried to be made unenforceable”, it said.

There is unanimity among political parties that a collective institution is th

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