A delegation of People’s Alliance for Gupkar declaration headed by National Conference Vice-President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah arrived in Kargil to meet local leaders of the region and to discuss the new amendments in land laws of Jammu and Kashmir.
The delegation stopped at Drass, interacted with the local leaders and discussed agenda of people’s alliance for Gupkar declaration and then left towards Kargil. They are on a to visit to Ladakh UT to collect the views of the public and to put their views about the Gupkar agenda.
While addressing a public meeting at Drass, the gateway of Ladakh, Omar Abdullah said “We won’t retreat and will continue to struggle for the August 5, 2019 position”.
“All the decisions on divisions of the states in the country in the past were taken after taking people on board. The division of the states has taken place after the consent of the people,” Omar said.
When Punjab was divided into three states, local people supported it. When Bihar was divided into two states (Bihar and Jharkhand), people supported it. When MP was divided into two state (MP and Chattisgarh), people backed it and when AP was divided into two states and Telangana carved out of it, people supported it,” Omar said.
Omar said, “It was for the first time that this type of decision was imposed on the people. It is not the decision of J&K Assembly or parliament. The J&K CM was not a signatory to it. These rights were illegally taken by the Governor, who without taking us on board agreed to division of our state and downgrading it to two UTs.”
“We are not ready to accept this decision,” he asserted. On the formation of the PAGD, Omar said the parties have set aside their political differences and joined hands for a greater cause.
“It is now our responsibility to forget the past and not focus on power, election etc. We have come on a single platform to ensure withdrawal of the black law of August 5, 2019 which divided J&K into two UTs and snatched our special status.”
The PAGD has been formed by seven parties who have vowed to fight for restoration of J&K’s special status, J&K flag and J&K constitution.
“Insha Allah (God willing) with your support, we will not retreat and continue our struggle till we achieve our goal,” said Omar amid thunderous applause from the people.
“We will knock all doors and do whatever and won’t sit till August 5, 2019 decision is revoked and Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is united in a single entity and our special status restored,” he added.The public meeting ended with a slogan, “Jammu, Kashmir, Kargil, Ladakh ek tha ek rahega (Jammu, Kashmir, Kargil, Ladakh was one and will remain one)