Updated: August 5, 2021 10:50:01 pm
Members of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Thursday met at its chairman Farooq Abdullah’s residence on the second anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and expressed concern that the situation on the ground was “worsening” by the day.
PAGD spokesperson and CPI(M) leader MY Tarigami said the Centre’s claim of having restored peace in the region was inaccurate.
“The situation since August 5, 2019 is worsening day by day… They have said on the floor of the Parliament that statehood will be restored at an appropriate time when there is normalcy. That means that the situation continues to be abnormal,” Tarigami said after the meeting.
He said the recent all-party meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had triggered hope but nothing concrete was done to restore the confidence of the people.
The PAGD spokesperson also dismissed claims of development and investment in Jammu and Kashmir, stating that chambers of commerce and industry in Kashmir, Jammu and even Leh “will state the contrary”.
Abdullah, who is also the National Conference president, Thursday told his party workers that the August 5 decisions were a “lethal assault on the country’s secular visage, its pluralistic and asymmetrical federalism and violation of sovereign promises made by the country to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.”
He said the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A, and the downgrading of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories are milestones for which the people of Jammu and Kashmir “would never forgive” the Union government.
Tarigami said Jammu and Kashmir has been in lockdown since August 2019 and the “hardline approach of arrests and detentions” has not receded in the last two years.
“The clampdown and continuous restrictions on the movement and association of the people and gagging the media has resulted in a forced silence,” he said.
On Wednesday, the PAGD said in a statement that there is a forced silence in the Union Territory and that a “process of throttling of democracy and democratic rights was initiated” on August 5, 2019. “J&K remains as far from Delhi and from the dil [heart] of India as it has ever been. Rather the distances are further widening…,” it said.
The mainstream political coalition was founded on the basis of the Gupkar Declaration signed on August 4 two years ago as Jammu and Kashmir prepared for a complete clampdown on movement and communication.
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