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Peoples Alliance adopts flag of erstwhile J&K as its symbol

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Conglomerate to come out with a white paper within one month on governance in J&K since the abrogation of article 370

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Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah was on Saturday unanimously chosen as the chairman of the recently-floated Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration while PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti will be his deputy, the amalgam said.

Veteran CPM leader M Y Tarigami was elected as the convenor while Lok Sabha member from south Kashmir Hasnain Masoodi would be the coordinator of the conglomerate.

Sajjad Gani Lone of People’s Conference would be the spokesman for the amalgam.

The amalgam, which met for the first time after its formation, will come out with a white paper within one month on governance in Jammu and Kashmir over the past one year since the abrogation of article 370, Lone told reporters after the meeting.

“The white paper will not be rhetoric. It will be based on facts and figures to present the reality to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and around the country….  An impression is being given that all the corruption had happened in Jammu and Kashmir,” Lone said.

The amalgam decided to hold its next meeting after a fortnight in Jammu, followed by a convention in  Srinagar on November 17.

As a mark of defiance to the constitutional changes made by the Centre with respect to Jammu and Kashmir last year, the alliance adopted the flag of the erstwhile state as its symbol.

While the Communist Party of India’s Kashmir head A R Trukroo joined the alliance, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has quietly distanced itself from the alliance.

JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir, who was part of the meetings that took place before the formalisation of alliance earlier this month, has skipped the last two meetings.

The JKPCC had issued a statement after the previous meeting that Mir could not attend due to the advice of doctors.

This time the party did not explain its absence from the meeting.

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