Move to abrogate Art 370 may hit integrity of India: NC

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday condemned the “policy statement of the Union Government” with regard to the process of scrapping Article 370, saying “it is the most dangerous move having likely potential of hitting the very integrity of the country.”
At an emergency meeting of the Core Group, presided over by the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah and attended among others by the Working President Omar Abdullah, the National Conference took stock of the situation arising after the statement regarding the “process of scraping of Article 370 being on by the Union Government.”
“The Core Group unanimously resolved that the BJP’s move to scrap the Article 370 has wider connotations and ramifications and is divisive, radical and regressive”, said a spokesperson of the party after the meeting.
The spokesman added that the move is an attempt to take the state to pre-1947 situation thereby putting a question mark on the accession of Jammu and Kashmir as also “demolishing the bridge between the State and the rest of the country.”
The spokesman said that the Core Group felt that any such move will be betrayal of the people of Jammu and Kashmir because it is a constitutional guarantee given by the Parliament of India to the people of J&K to uphold their special status.
The Core Group resolved in one voice to take this battle to logical conclusion and fight tooth and nail no matter what will be the consequences. “The Group felt that it is the people of Jammu and Kashmir only who have to decide what is best for them and it cannot be enforced on them by radical communal forces whose agenda in the past sixty years has been to communalize and polarize the society”, the statement said, adding that the National Conference has always fought these disruptive divisive elements and the struggle shall continue.
“National Conference will ensure that these designs, which have been hatched in the corridors of power in Delhi, do not succeed even if they have tacit support of some regional political parties who are in clandestine arrangement with these forces. Despite creating a façade of being pro people in J&K, these forces are in complete synergy and their remote control lying with anti Jammu and Kashmir elements in New Delhi for their petty political interests,” the statement said.
The National Conference Core Group members Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Ajay Sadhotra, Nasir Aslam Wani and Devender Singh Rana were present in the meeting.