December 2, 2022
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The assembly would happen on the Gupkar residence of Farooq Abdullah (File)

Srinagar:

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) will meet on Tuesday to debate the Centre’s invitation to mainstream political events of Jammu and Kashmir for an all-party assembly to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24, a frontrunner of the grouping mentioned.

The PAGD is an alliance of six events in Jammu and Kashmir, together with the National Conference and the PDP, shaped within the aftermath of the Centre’s August 2019 choice to nullify Article 370 and cut up J&Ok into two union territories.

“The alliance meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 11 am,” a PAGD chief informed PTI.

He mentioned the assembly would happen on the Gupkar residence of National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, who can also be the chairman of the alliance.

The chief mentioned the alliance members would focus on the Centre’s invitation to mainstream political events of Jammu and Kashmir for the talks.

PAGD spokesman and senior CPI(M) chief M Y Tarigami confirmed the assembly of the alliance is scheduled to happen on Tuesday to debate the invitation.

“The process of discussions is on and we are meeting on Tuesday to finalise (the decision on the invitation). We will let our decision known afterwards,” he mentioned.

Invitations have been despatched out to 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir together with 4 former CMs for a high-level assembly to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 24, which is anticipated to set the roadmap for holding meeting elections within the UT.

The PM’s assembly with the political events from Jammu and Kashmir is a part of the Centre’s initiatives to bolster political processes, together with holding meeting elections, within the union territory.

Asked if the member events of the PAGD have left the choice on whether or not to take part within the PM’s assembly to the alliance, the PAGD chief quoted above mentioned the constituents had been a part of the “larger alliance” and can focus on the problem collectively.

“See, the invitations have been sent to individual leaders and not to the alliance and not even to parties to send their representatives… But, as we happen to be together as the constituents of the larger alliance, we will discuss the issue together as well,” he mentioned.

He added {that a} united strategy can be “good for the health of our society and our politics”.

“There would be a commonality in our approach this way. That is what is required,” he mentioned.

A frontrunner from the NC mentioned the events have left the choice on the participation within the PM’s assembly to the alliance.

“See, it is not only about a meeting with the PM. There has to be a discussion on the stand to be taken, the way forward and other such things. While the intra-party consultative process will continue, the PAGD will meet and discuss the issue collectively,” he mentioned.

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