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Madhav equates ‘Gupkar declaration’ with Plebiscite Front, says it’s ‘destined to fail’

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Says ‘when Sheikh Abdullah became CM in 1975, NC forgot its plebiscite demand; in power they overlooked autonomy too’

Srinagar: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav Friday termed the ‘Gupkar declaration’ a “mockup” of Sheikh Abdullah’s Plebiscite Front, stating that the new move of National Conference and other regional parties was destined to fail as has been seen in the past.

Madhav stated this while holding deliberations with the party leaders, district presidents, and office-bearers at Circuit House here. The BJP leader was on a two-day visit to Srinagar since Thursday.

While commenting on the joint ‘Gupkar declaration’ of NC, PDP, Congress, CPI(M), and Peoples Conference, Madhav said it was “a step quite similar to what Sheikh Abdullah did while in prison.”

Quoting BJP leaders who were present in the meeting, local news agency KNO reported Madhav as saying that “NC founder Sheikh Abdullah started Plebiscite Front from the prison. When he was released after serving 22 years in prison, he was given the post of chief minister, he grabbed the post and headed the then state but forgot the Plebiscite Front which he had floated to stay relevant.”

“After Sheikh’s death, NC leaders raised the issue of autonomy. But when the party came to power, it overlooked autonomy and started enjoying the power,” Madhav said, according to KNO.

Madhav, according to a party leader, told the meeting that “Gupkar declaration is another political stunt by NC and other parties to stay relevant.”

“Article 370 rollback is irreversible and Gupkar declaration is destined to fail,” the BJP general secretary reportedly told the meeting

Pertinently, ‘Gupkar declaration’ vows to fight for the restoration of Article 370 and statehood to J&K.

Sources privy to the meeting said that Madhav also asked the party-men to gear up for Panchyat elections that would be held within two months.

“He also stated that District Development Council (DDC) elections will also be held for the first time soon, and BJP must remain ready for that,” they said.

The sources also revealed that Madhav also stressed on the party workers to remain in touch with the people on the ground as the delimitation process was going on and when the exercise will be completed there will be Assembly polls in J&K.

Madhav, sources said, directed the party leaders and workers to strengthen the party and reach out to people to listen to their grievances and take up the same with the Lieutenant Governor for immediate redressal.

The BJP general secretary also assured the party that “adequate security arrangements” will be put in place for the BJP workers and leaders facing threats from militants and safe accommodations will be provided to all those who are under threat.

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