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Ahead of J&K DDC polls, BJP slams Gupkar alliance, dares Congress to clarify stand on Article 370

Ahead of the DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party said that the only agenda of the Gupkar alliance is to bring back Article 370.
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BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that the alliance was with Pakistan and other anti-India countries
Earlier, Gupkar alliance leader Abdullah had said that he will not rest till he restores the rights of Kashmiris
New Delhi: Ahead of the DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party launched a scathing attack on the Gupkar alliance and said that the only agenda of the Gupkar alliance is to bring back Article 370. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that the Congress must make its stand clear over Article 370.
“This Gupkar Alliance wants exactly what Pakistan and anti-India countries. Pakistan has been to every forum and appealed against the removal of Article 370. The Gupkar Alliance says the same thing,” Patra said. He also challenged the Congress party to clarify its stand on Article 370. “I would like to ask Sonia and Rahul Ji if they stand by the comments made by leaders in the Gupkar Alliance?” he asked.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also slammed leaders of the alliance and said that ‘people who have been Chief Ministers are saying that they’ll take help of China for the restoration of Article 370’. “It is an anti-national activity…Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji should clearly state their position on restoration of Article 370,” Prasad said.
BJP’s criticism of the Gupkar alliance came after its leader Farooq Abdullah, last week said that he will fight for the restoration of the ‘rights of people of J&K’. “I am here to do something for my people and until the rights of the people of J&K and Ladakh are restored, I will not die,” he had said. Many, including Shiv Sena, had slammed the National Conference leader saying he could go to Pakistan and implement Article 370 there.
When Mufti said that youth were left with no option but to pick up arms
Earlier, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti had alleged that the voices of people of J&K were ‘suppressed’ and youth were left with no choice but to pick up arms. “Because you have suppressed the voice, people don’t have an option left. A youth thinks he can either go to jail or pick up arms. So he thinks he better to pick up arms and die. Because you don’t allow people to speak,” she had said.
On November 13, the Congress party joined hands with the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an umbrella alliance of state parties seeking restoration of Article 370. Led by National Conference (NC) president Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti is the vice-chairman of the alliance. 
“We stand by the alliance,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Monga was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. The National Conference will be contesting on 21 of the 27 seats in the Kashmir Valley during the DDC elections. The PDP will be contesting on four seats and People’s Conference will be contesting on two seats.

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