Disappointed with PM’s all-party meet: PAGD says a day before Delimitation Commission visit

‘J&K’s Statehood must be restored before holding elections’
Disappointed with PM’s all-party meet: PAGD says a day before Delimitation Commission visit
J&K leaders with PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah at an All Party Meet in Delhi on Thursday, 24 June 2021.PMO

Srinagar: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Monday said that they were disappointed with the “outcome” of the all-party meeting held by the Prime Minister and said that it was left to the individual political parties of the alliance to decide whether to meet the Delimitation Commission or not.

PAGD in a statement demanded that the assembly elections must be held in Jammu and Kashmir only after restoration of full Statehood.

In a press statement, PAGD spokesman M Y Tarigami said that the alliance reiterated its commitment to fight together to “reverse the unconstitutional and unacceptable changes foisted on the people of J&K on 5th August 2019 using all constitutional, legal and political means at its disposal.”

PAGD's struggle for undoing these changes will continue as long as it takes while striving to achieve this objective as early as possible, said Tarigami in the statement.

“All the members of the PAGD expressed their disappointment at the outcome of the Delhi meeting especially at the absence of any substantial Confidence Building Measures such as releasing political and other prisoners from jails and taking concrete steps to end the siege and atmosphere of suppression that has choked J&K since 2019. This would have initiated the much needed process of reaching out to the people of J&K who are the biggest stakeholders and sufferers of the J&K problem,” read the statement.

“As far as restoration of statehood is concerned, it has been BJP’s commitment on the floor of the Parliament and they must honour their word. So any assembly election must be held only after restoration of full statehood for J&K. To this end the PAGD has decided to reach out to other political parties in J&K with a view to take a common position on the issue.”

While talking to reporters here, Tarigami said, "Our stand is that these are autonomous bodies and the respective political parties will decide over it (meeting delimitation commission). Whatever the parties think is suitable for them, they will take steps accordingly.”

The delimitation commission has invited the leaders of political parties of Jammu and Kashmir for separate meetings during its visit to the Union Territory from Tuesday.

The commission, led by Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, will undertake a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from July 6-9 and interact with the leaders of political parties and officials to gather first-hand inputs on the conduct of the mega exercise to carve out new electoral constituencies in the Union Territory.

PAGD leaders had met on Sunday evening under the chairmanship of Dr Farooq Abdullah at his residence in Srinagar.

The meeting was attended by vice-chairperson Mehbooba Mufti, M. Y. Tarigami, Hasnain Masoodi, Javed Mustafa Mir and Muzaffar Ahmed Shah.

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