SRINAGAR: National Conference president and India’s Minster for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah on Thursday warned that harming Article 370 will end the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with Indian union.
Abdullah slammed BJP for threatening to scrap Article 370 if it comes into power in India. “Article 370 is a bridge between New Delhi and Kashmir and if that bridge is damaged the accession with India will end automatically,” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a rally of youth wing of NC here
“Article 370 is a bridge between J&K and rest of the nation, and if they (BJP) try to, in any way, harm it then automatically it will open the doors of accession which will be too difficult for them to close,” Abdullah said.
“Article 370 is extremely serious. Don’t misunderstand on this point. The Article is life and death for the people of the state. I am not the only one. You ask anyone, everyone will tell you that it is a bridge and if they damage this bridge then they are opening up the wounds which will be difficult for them to heal,” Abdullah, who has ruled the state thrice, said.
He said that so much has been talked about Article 370 that it has been weakened, “but Article 370 is still present there in its shape.”
“Many people say about Article 370. Our flag would not have been there. Our constitution would not have been there. All these would have ended. We are not bound to send our bills to President of India to sign them as other states do,” he said.
When asked about the voices for Union Territory status for Ladakh region of Kashmir division, Abdullah said there is no need to panic as there are very few people who demand such things.
“Only a section of people want UT. Ladakh is a big place and it is not a new demand they are taking it for years now,” he said.
On autonomy demand, Abdullah said that it is the part of NC agenda and they will “never give up” the agenda.
“We have never given up that agenda and we will never give up. That is our agenda number one,” he said. “Congress is supporting us on autonomy demand.”
“Even Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had taken up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president. My son (Omar) when he went to Pakistan he met the then president of Pakistan Parvez Musharraf who told Omar that the autonomy is workable after reading it,” he said.
Abdullah, who blamed opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the attacks on its workers and leaders, said that if he had resources he would have “attacked hundred times on them (PDP)”.
“I wish I had the authority and power of these people behind me I would have carried hundred attacks on them, but I don’t have resources. I don’t have these militants,” he said.
“I don’t have guns, bombs and bullets, and I will eliminate them with my thumb. My resources are my people, who don’t have guns and bullet and who will decide in elections,” Farooq said.
He also said that NC has been always blamed for the attacks but everyone knows who killed their workers in the past. “They always accuse us even of killing our workers.”
He said five top militants were killed when they were in talks with government of India. “When Mufti Sayeed came in power they all got eliminated by Mufti and everybody knows who eliminated them,” Farooq added.