‘No question of sidelining’: Gupkar Alliance responds to NC’s allegations

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Srinagar: Soon after National Conference (NC) denounced what it termed as unfair treatment meted out to the party in the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), the conglomerate on Wednesday said that there was no question of sidelining or ignoring anyone in the amalgam.

Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, spokesman of PAGD told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that the conglomerate is headed by NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah and “our agenda is based on the declaration adopted by political parties on 4 August 2019. The declaration is clearly stating that we will stand together in defence of the rights of people of J-K that is what PAGD has been talking about and that is the purpose of staying together.”

“As of today, there is no question of sidelining, ignoring or anything. PAGD is a broad-based platform and we are together on the agenda which we have formulated together. Regarding elections, as and when elections are announced, we will talk together and we will decide,” he said.

Our issues are much more important than elections. The issue is the rights of people of Dogra’s, Kashmiris, and others, he said.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Najam-us-Saqib when contacted, said that the motive behind forming PAGD is to protect the rights of the people and strive for the aspirations of the people. “It is a larger fight where all the political parties have resolved to keep their personal party differences and come together for a larger cause. We stand by that,” he said.

Pertinently, NC leaders during a meeting today had expressed dismay over the recent statements, audio jingles and speeches made by some of the constituents of the PAGD targeting JKNC.

They felt that it does not contribute to the overall unity of the amalgam. They denounced the unfair treatment meted out to JKNC in PAGD. The participants demanded immediate course correction from PAGD constituents. (KNO)

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