Srinagar, Nov 13: People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Friday got formal support of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) after its two senior leaders participated in the crucial meeting held at PDP chief Mehbooba’s residence, Fairview Gupkar, Srinagar.
Two senior Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Monga joined the PAGD, an amalgam of now seven parties in the Union Territory of J&K seeking restoration of the erstwhile State’s special status.
Soon after the meeting concluded, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Monga while talking to media persons outside Mehbooba’s Gupkar residence said, “We stand by the alliance and wills the special status of J&K snatched by New Delhi on August last year should be restored without any hiccups”.
To a query, Monga said that there is no disagreement with the PAGD. “Today a meeting was held where all participants took part. Healthy discussions took place at the occasion”, he said.
Notably in earlier meetings of PAGD, Congress UT President Ghulam Ahmad Mir didn’t participate in two, citing health reasons. However the party’s absence in the PAGD meetings caused chaos among political and non-political circles of J&K.
NC senior leader Nasir Aslam Wani while talking to media that that Congress has assured it will be the part of the alliance and part of the seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming DDC polls.
“The Congress has put forth its faith on alliance today. Their leaders spoke to PAGD Chairman Dr Farooq Abdullah and assured they will be part of the alliance and part of the DDC elections”, NC leader said.
Asked how much time PAGD will take to finalize the seat-sharing list, the NC leader clarified that PAGD in on the job and hopefully the process will be completed by tonight.
Meanwhile sources told KNS that the meeting that took place at Mehbooba’s residence discussed the DDC polls and deliberated upon the list of candidates.
Notably, PAGD had earlier clarified that it will take part in DDC elections in order to give befitting reply to divisive and communal elements who are trying to make inroads in J&K. The group avowed that fight for restoration of Article 370 will not be comprised at any cost.