Srinagar: Former minister and senior Congress leader Abdul Gani Vakil Sunday said that mainstream parties were responsible for the “weakening” of Article 370.
“Leaders from mainstream political parties who are now raising hue and cry for strengthening Article 370 cannot claim to be the saviors of people of Kashmir because it was during their respective regimes in the past when for the sake of power the Article 370 was deliberately weakened, amended and eroded,” he said while addressing party workers in Rafiabad area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
“History is witness to the fact that from time to time it was different political parties in the state which overtly and covertly helped erode the sanctity of Article 370 with the sole aim of either to retain or regain power in the state,” Vakil said.
“Merely crying for strengthening of the special status of J&K amounts to exploitation of masses. If the Chief Minister himself is serious and committed to prevent erosion or abrogation of Article 370 it is his duty to call all an all-parties meeting and utilize all constitutional ways and means for the purpose,” he said.