The ‘Gupkar Declaration’ is local parties’ means to grab power in Jammu and Kashmir, said Altaf Bukhari, a former senior leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the current chief of newly-formed Apni Party.
He said politicians in Kashmir are “hoodwinking” the people and “creating a smokescreen” by demanding the restoration of Article 370.
The Modi government had on 5 August last year revoked the provision that provided Jammu and Kashmir its special status under the Indian Constitution.
“These people met on 3 August and said we will protect Article 370, which was removed two days later. So the resolution is over. Yes, the Apni Party is for 370 restoration, but only the Supreme court or the Parliament can do that. No regional party can do that,” said Bukhari.
“They (parties) are hoodwinking people and creating a smokescreen by demanding Article 370. Gupkar Declaration is a means to grab power and nothing else,” he added.