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After Amit Shah’s announcement on J&K polls, PAGD to devise strategy in Feb 26 meeting

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“The PAGD constituents will also issue a white paper on the abrogation of Article 370. All legal aspects of revocation of Article 370, its adverse impact on Jammu and Kashmir, and misconceptions being projected by the BJP will be highlighted through this white paper. The purpose is to clear all such misconceptions created by the BJP across the country to mislead people,” sources said.

Jammu: Following the announcement of Union Home Minister Amit Shah that the much-awaited Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls could be held in 6-8 months after delimitation, the political parties across the Union Territory have been gear up to devise comprehensive strategy.

Although, PAGD a coalition of six parties, including NC, PDP and CPI (M), seeking restoration of J&K’s special status under the revoked Article 370 of the Constitution, has already scheduled meeting on Feb 26.

As per the reports, the hold significance after the announcement and the constituent members of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) are expected to hold threadbare discussions on the future strategy to stitch a pre-poll tie up for ensuing Assembly elections in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The future strategy on forging an alliance among the constituent members is most likely to come under discussion during the meeting. This, inter-alia, is one of the agendas of the meeting. There are strong chances that constituent members would consider the option of fighting the next assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir together to defeat communal forces (BJP),” sources said.

The PAGD is a coalition of six parties, including NC, PDP and CPI (M), seeking restoration of J&K’s special status under the revoked Article 370 of the Constitution.

On Sunday, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had urged people to vote for PAGD allies in the next J&K assembly polls to defeat the BJP and its associates. She argued that they (BJP) were hampering the case of restoration of the Union Territory’s special status in the apex court.

Recently, Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is the chairperson of PAGD, had also hinted at fighting elections together with allies of the new coalition. “I am sure when the elections come, we’ll sit down together again to defeat the divisive and communal forces,” he had said.

Sources said another major agenda of the PAGD meeting, besides holding a discussion on the current situation, is releasing a white paper on the abrogation of Article 370.

“The PAGD constituents will also issue a white paper on the abrogation of Article 370. All legal aspects of revocation of Article 370, its adverse impact on Jammu and Kashmir, and misconceptions being projected by the BJP will be highlighted through this white paper. The purpose is to clear all such misconceptions created by the BJP across the country to mislead people,” sources said.

Sources further disclosed that the PAGD members will also hold discussion on the draft Delimitation Commission report which has drawn flak from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The meeting was earlier scheduled for February 13–a day before the Members of Parliament (MPs) from National Conference were asked to submit objections but it could not take place due to pre-occupation of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti. It was later re-scheduled for February 23 and is further re-scheduled for February 26,” sources said.

 

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