December 2019 News

Four Months On, Mainstream Politics Picks Up Pace In Valley

23 December 2019
The Tribune

Srinagar: After a break of over four months, two mainstream political parties of the Valley - NC and PDP - resumed their activities on Monday as they held separate meetings and discussed the post Article 370 situation of the region. The two parties resumed their activities even as their top brass and senior leaders continue to remain under detention since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. The separate meetings by the two former ruling parties mark the end of political freeze in the Valley. Imran Dar, NC spokesman and a senior member of its youth wing, told The Tribune that a provincial meeting of the party was held at its city headquarters in the Nawa-i-Subh complex. Dar said it was for the first time since August 5 that the party organised a meeting of its members and workers. 'It was a provincial-level meeting held for the first time since August 5 and was chaired by provincial secretary Showkat Mir,' he added. The spokesman said the members of the party's youth as well as women's wings participated in the meeting, which later passed two resolutions. 'We passed a resolution that called for the immediate release of all political detainees, including our president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah, as well as members of the civil society. We also passed a resolution that condemned the Citizenship Amendment Act and the marginalisation of Indian Muslims,' he said. Dar said the party meeting, which was attended by nearly 250 members across the Valley, also condemned the violence against students at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia. Meanwhile, in another meeting held by the PDP - which was previously in alliance with the BJP as part of the erstwhile state's last elected government - the political situation 'that emerged after the abrogation of Article 370' was discussed, party spokesman Tahir Saeed told The Tribune. The meeting was chaired by PDP state secretary Abdul Hamid Koshin and attended for former legislator Mushtaq Shah and the party's zonal incharges. 'The meeting discussed the preparations regarding the anniversary of PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and also discussed the political situation,' Saeed added. He said the party demanded the release of political detainees and restoration of the Internet services and also asked the government to allow the political activities in the state. 'It was affirmed that the future strategy and future course of action will be decided by the party's top decision-making leadership once they are released. Till then, the party will start reaching out to workers,' he added.