Nothing historic about PDP-BJP alliance: Hakim, Tarigami

Jammu: CPI (M) state secretary and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami and Peoples Democratic Front president and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin on Sunday said there was “nothing historic” in PDP-BJP alliance.
In a joint statement, they said that the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) was eyewash. “The time taken for finalizing this agenda was only to hoodwink the people of the state and prepare them for a great shock.”
“There is nothing path-breaking, concrete or special in this agenda, as most of the points enlisted in the document are hazy and vague. Maintaining the status-quo on Article 370 is a joke as PDP had pleaded for its restoration and beyond,” the statement said.
They said that need of the hour was to restore Article 370 fully. “It should not be kept as a dead letter on the pages of the constitution. Moreover, the abrogation of this Article is not constitutionally possible,” the statement said.
“The agenda framed by the coalition partners has conveniently swept the AFSPA under the carpet. While it was the time to withdraw it fully, the alliance agenda says that the government will examine the need for de-notifying the Disturbed Areas and leave the final decision regarding AFSPA to the Union Government’,” they added.
They said that CMP gives a “vague” interpretation about the settlement of West Pakistani Refugees in the state.
“The agenda also mentions that the coalition government will constitute a Delimitation Commission, which is not permissible under law,” the statement said.
They said that there was only one line reference regarding the rehabilitation of flood victims.