Jammu: Amidst speculations about the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the demand for separate statehood for Jammu has intensified. On Wednesday, the Gupkar alliance in Kashmir has reiterated the demand for the restoration of Article 370 by giving statehood to the state. While on the one hand the central government wants to eliminate the gap in the assembly seats in the Jammu and Kashmir division by delimiting the state, on the other hand, the entire opposition in the state is adamant on the demand for restoration of Article 370 by giving statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.
Gupkar alliance meeting chaired by Farooq Abdullah
On Wednesday, on one side, a meeting of the Gupkar alliance was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of the state, in which the demand for restoration of Article 370 was reiterated by giving the state the status of a state again. At the same time, on Thursday, the opposition in Jammu reiterated the demand for separate statehood for Jammu.
On Thursday, Shiv Sena and Dogra Front in Jammu demanded that Jammu should be given separate statehood at the earliest. However, the Dogra Front made it clear that it is not with the Gupkar alliance, as pro-Pakistan forces are still active in Kashmir, while people in Jammu are patriotic.
No demand for coalition backed by Pakistan
He said that he does not support any demand for an alliance which is backed by Pakistan. According to Dogra Front President Ashok Gupta, the people of Jammu are neither involved in stone pelting nor do they raise Pakistani flags, so elections should be held here soon by giving Jammu a separate state.