Farooq Abdullah declares alliance with Mehbooba Mufti, says ‘want govt to return rights J&K had before Aug 5, 2019’

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday announced alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after a meeting was held between the two parties. The alliance has been formed to restore the special status that existed in Jammy and Kashmir before the abolition of Article 370 of the Constitution.

Last year on August 5, the Centre scrapped the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

“We have named this alliance as People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Our battle is a constitutional battle, we want the government of India to return to the people of the State the rights they held before 5th August 2019,” said National Conference president as he announced the NC and PDP alliance, as quoted by ANI.

The two-hour-long meeting, which was held at Farooq Abdullah’s residence, was attended by Mufti, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone, CPIM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and Peoples Movement leader Javaid Mir. Omar Abdullah, vice president of National Conference and other senior leaders of the party were also present at the meeting.

Farooq Abdullah said the alliance also seeks a dialogue between all stakeholders for resolution of the issue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir. “We will be informing you about the future course of action in due course,” the Jammu and Kashmir’s NC president added.

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