India’s top opposition leaders came together on a virtual platform to work together for the restoration of full statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and the release of political prisoners, in addition to the ‘ultimate goal’ of defeating Bharat Jhanta Party (BJP) in upcoming 2024 general elections.
In a joint statement, the political parties also demanded free and fair elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Release all political prisoners in J-K. Restore full statehood, including the J&K cadre of central services. Conduct free and fair election at the earliest,” read the opposition statement.
However, the joint statement was silent on-demand for restoration of Article 370.
The online meeting of opposition parties convened by Sonia Gandhi also saw the participation of the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, which Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti respectively represented.