Between the candle march on the night of August 4, 2019, and the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24, 2021, Kashmir politics underwent a lot of developments in 689 days, a Kashmir Life report
The traditional politics in Jammu and Kashmir underwent an unprecedented situation after the BJP led government intervened in August 2019.
August 5, 2019
By midnight, former Chief Ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were under house arrest. They broke the news on Twitter within half an hour around midnight on August 4, 2019. Entire Jammu and Kashmir was under lock and key when Home Minister Amit Shah passed the twin resolutions in the Rajya Sabha that read down Article 370 and bifurcation Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. People came to know through TV sets as the internet and all kinds of telephones were closed during the night.
August 6, 2019
A day later, Dr Farooq Abdullah somehow managed to come out of his home. He first reached TRC, apparently to talk to media, and finally reached a hotel in his backyard, where he talked to a number of TV journalists. He broke down on camera.
Subsequently, it was learnt that Dr Abdullah had been detained at his home, whereas Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were detained at the Hari Niwas guest house that was converted into a special sub-jail. Fearing, they may gang up; authorities shifted Mehbooba to a hut at Chasmashahi.
It was much later known that hundreds of workers and leaders from almost all the political parties have been arrested, or restricted to their homes. Centaur Lake View Hotel was converted into a sub-jail and most of the lawmakers from all parties were put up there.
August 14, 2019
The 2009 IAS topper, Dr Shah Faesal, who had given up his job and joined politics, was detained at the Delhi airport when he was on his way to Turkey and flown to Srinagar. He was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
August 25, 2019
Rahul Gandhi led the delegation of the opposition parties was intercepted at Srinagar airport and sent back to Delhi.
September 16, 2019
Dr Farooq Abdullah was booked under Public Safety Act, coinciding with the Supreme Court direction to the Centre to produce Abdullah before the court.
September 20, 2019
After being prevented thrice, Ghulam Nabi Azad finally visited Kashmir after being permitted by the Supreme Court.
October 6, 2019
A 15-member delegation of NC leaders led by Devinder Singh Rana from Jammu was permitted by the administration to meet Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.
October 29, 2019
A planeload of 27 right-wing European Union Parliamentarians were flown for an overnight visit to Srinagar. The group associated with managing the visit triggered a major controversy for the government.
November 17, 2019
As the winter set in, authorities shifted 34 political prisoners lodged at the Centaur Hotel to the MLA Hostel on the M A Road after the lawmakers’ hostel was declared a sub-jail.
December 27, 2019
In revisiting the holiday calendar, December 5 (birth anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah) and July 13 (martyrs day) was dropped.
December 30, 2019
Five politicians Ishfaq Jabbar, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Bashir Mir, Zahoor Mir and Yasir Reshi were released. In subsequent days, many others were freed but retained in-home custody.
January 25, 2020
Sheri-Kashmir was omitted as the prefix from police medals. Sher-i-Kashmir is a reference to Sheikh Abdullah.
February 5, 2020
Four politicians, including two former Chief Ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, were detained under PSA for six months. Days after, detention under PSA was extended to Ali Mohammad Sagar, Sartaj Madni and Naeem Akhtar. It was early February when the former RAW chief, A S Dulat flew to Srinagar and visited Dr Farooq Abdullah with the sole objective to “calm him down”.
February 14, 2020
Shah Faesal booked under PSA so was booked, Peer Mansoor.
March 8, 2020
With 26 former members of the erstwhile assembly, PDP deserter Syed Altaf Bukhari launched Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party.
March 13, 2020
Dr Farooq Abdullah set free as authorities revoke his detention under the PSA.
March 14, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets a 24 member delegation from Jammu and Kashmir’s Apni Party and holds an interactive session with them.
March 24, 2020
Omar Abdullah released from Hari Niwas after 232 days.
April 17, 2020
Mehbooba Mufti shifted from a sub-jail to her official residence which was declared a sub-jail.
May 25, 2020
Omar Abdullah flew to Delhi for the first time in the first flight that was permitted to reconnect Delhi and Srinagar after Covid19 restrictions blocked airways. He said his visit had no political angle.
June 3, 2020
Shah Faesal, Sartaj Madni and Peer Mansoor released.
June 18, 2020
Ali Mohammad Sagar released after the High Court quashed his detention under the PSA. Naeem Akhtar and Hilal Ahmad Lone also set free.
July 31, 2020
Sajad Lone set free after 360 days. No new experience, he said but this time it was psychologically draining, he said.
August 10, 2020
Dr Shah Fesal who had quit IAS in January 2019 and launched Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement announced that he will quit politics forever.
August 22, 2020
The Gupkar Declaration of August 4, 2019, was formally converted into an alliance named PAGD with Dr Abdullah as president and Mehbooba as his Deputy. It had seven constituents. It has the erstwhile state flag as its flag.
October 13, 2020
Mehbooba Mufti’s detention under PSA revoked.
October 19, 2020
The Enforcement Directorate grills Dr Farooq Abdullah at its Srinagar office in the cricket scam involving Rs 43.69 crore.
October 31, 2020
Omar Abdullah as PAGD leader visits Drass, Karil and received warmly. He, however, avoids Leh.
Omar Abdullah surrendered his official accommodation on Gupkar Road. He is one of the many politicians who were asked to surrender the official accommodation. Besides, a number of politicians from NC and mostly from PDP alleged that the government has withdrawn their security that restricted their movement.
November 4, 2020
Eight phase District Development Council (DDC) elections were announced to be held between November 28 and December 19. PAGD contested.
On November 25, Waheed Para, a contesting candidate was arrested a day ahead of polls. Of the 278 results announced on December 23, PAGD won 110, BJP 75, independents took 50, Congress 26, Apni Party 12, PDF and the National Panthers Party two each and the BSP one.
November 7, 2020
PAGD flies to Jammu meets local leadership but gets a cold shoulder from Jammu parties.
November 17, 2020
Congress denied it was part of the PAGD insisting it has not approved of the alliance’s proclamations.
December 20, 2020
After being in home detention since May 10, PDP leader Naeem Akhter was arrested and held for possible breach of public order. He was released on June 20, 2021, three days before the All Party Meeting in Delhi.
January 19, 2021
Sajad Lone pulls out of the PAGD, saying there has been a breach of trust between the constituent parties.
February 6, 2021
After around 17 months, 4G was restored. It was the outcome of, partly, the campaign that PAGD members had launched for its restoration.
March 5, 2021
MP Akbar Lone’s son, Hilal Lone, a lawyer, was bailed out. He was arrested on February 16, under UAPA for hate speech.
Peoples Democratic Party President (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti arrives at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in connection with an alleged money laundering case, at Rajbagh in Srinagar, Thursday, March 25, 2021. KL Image by Bilal BahadurMarch 25, 2021
Mehbooba Mufti grilled by the ED at its Srinagar office for more than five hours about the expenditure she booked on Chief Minister’s secret fund.
March 29, 2021
PDPs Peer Mansoor, and Khurshid Aalam and NC’s Basharat Bukhari joined the Peoples Conference.
June 9, 2021
PAGD met at Mehbooba’s residence and appointed Communist leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami as the new spokesman.
June 20, 2021
Home Secretary extended an invitation to 14 leaders of NC, PDP, Congress, BJP, Panthers Party, CPI (M) and Peoples Conference. These included four former Chief Ministers’ and four Deputy Chief Ministers.
June 23, 2021
The Apex Body of Leh, sort of an all-party met Rajnath Singh seeking Legislature for the UT of Ladakh and protections under the Sixth Schedule for the preservation of culture, identity, and land. The delegation lacked anybody from Kargil that makes half of Ladakh demography.
June 24, 2021
A meeting between Jammu and Kashmir politicians and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took place at the latter’s official residence for more than three hours. Concerns expressed but no assurance given.