On 5 August 2019, from Jammu and Kashmir, the special state constitutional provision of Article 370 was repealed by the Central Government. The PDP alleged that the BJP was occupying land in the state instead of ensuring the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The PDP and other political parties in Jammu and Kashmir unanimously resolved to unite for the fight and security of the identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The next day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the removal of Article 370. Leaders of all political parties and several leaders of Jammu and Kashmir were then arrested. He was released after months of detention. A written statement was taken by him that he would not participate in any demonstrations or political activities after leaving. However, the government has not yet released PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti. He is under house arrest. Former MLA Engineer Rashid has been transferred to Delhi’s Tihar Jail. It has stopped political activities in Kashmir. Leaders like Omar and Farooq Abdullah have been silent since their release.
Altaf Bukhari, who has shifted from business to politics to replace silent leaders and jailed leaders, has formed a new political party. His party, unlike the established parties, is in line with the policies of the National Council and the PDP, the Center. Controversial political ideologies are less likely to emerge. Despite the detention of leaders like Mehbooba Mufti, her daughter Iltiza Mufti has spoken openly against the removal of Section 370.
Similarly, senior PDP leader and Mehbooba’s confidante Nawab Akhtar had recently moved out of his official residence. These incidents do not support the normalization of political activities in Kashmir. There will be no politics in Kashmir unless a different voice is heard from India. However, the leaders want to start political activity but the jail stops them.