Former Union Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday welcomed the political alliance formed by the Jammu and Kashmir mainstream parties to call for the restoration of the special status of the erstwhile state.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram also said that his party “resolutely stands” for the restoration of the status and rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The coming together of mainstream regional parties of J&K to fight a constitutional battle to restore the rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh is a development that must be welcomed by all the people of India,” he said. “The Congress also resolutely stands for the restoration of the status and rights of the people of J&K.”

“The arbitrary and unconstitutional decisions of the Modi government of August 5, 2019, must be rescinded,” he said.

“The central government must stop looking at the mainstream parties and the people of J&K as secessionist or anti-national,” added the former finance minister in another tweet.

The Congress also resolutely stands for restoration of the status and rights of the people of J&K

The arbitrary and unconstitutional decisions of the Modi government of August 5, 2019 must be rescinded

 P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) October 16, 2020

The senior Congress leader Chidambaram’s comments came a day after regional political parties, in a meeting presided by National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, formed a new alliance that has been named ‘Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’ to press for their demands such as restoring full statehood and special status under Article 370.