Gupkar Declaration: The word ‘Gupkar’ has been in the news for quite some time. This discussion intensified when on Tuesday (17 november), Union Home Minister Amit Shah called the Gupkar alliance as a Gupkar gang and said that the people involved in the Gupkar gang wanted to interfere with foreign forces in Kashmir.
What is the Gupkar alliance
Gupkar is a coalition of opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir, named the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which is a kind of manifesto. A group of all the parties that sign this grouping declaration is called a gupkar alliance. Its objective is to give special status to Jammu and Kashmir as before. This gupkar alliance includes Farooq Abdullah's Party National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti's People's Democratic Party (PDP), People's Conference, besides 6 parties from Jammu and Kashmir.
What does the gupkar Declaration say?
It was said in the Gupkar declaration, 'We are devoted to Article 370 and Article 35A, the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the common fight for the return of its statehood. The division of the state is absolutely unacceptable to us. We unanimously reiterate that we cannot have anything without our unity. ' It further said, 'The decisions taken on August 5, 2019 were unconstitutional aimed at denying rights to Jammu and Kashmir and challenging the original identity of the people there.'
Where was the first meeting and who was involved
The Gupkar Declaration includes the National Conference, PDP, People's Conference, CPI (M), People's Movement, Panthers Party and Awami National Conference. Congress is also involved in this, but spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has made it clear that his party is not part of the Gupkar alliance.