Kulgam: National Conference on Wednesday organized a day-long orientation program to spread awareness about Article 35-A in Kulgam that was attended by party leaders and functionaries.
After the orientation program, NC activists led by Kulgam district president and MLA Homshalibug Abdul Majeed Larmi held a protest march from Town Hall to DC office, a statement issued by the party said.
The NC leaders said PDP’s “inaction and lack of seriousness in defending” Article 35-A in the Supreme Court spoke volumes about the party’s real intentions and “exposed their hidden, nefarious understanding with the BJP to launch an assault on the State’s Special Status”.
The NC leaders also questioned the PDP’s moral ground to speak about its ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ after its leader Muzaffar Hussain Baigh “publicly questioned the validity and credibility of the document.”
The NC leaders also highlighted that the BJP-led Central Government had chosen to not file a counter affidavit to the petition challenging Article 35-A and had openly advocated a “larger debate” on the issue in clear contradiction to earlier claims that PDP had succeeded in getting BJP to agree to maintain a “status-quo” on the state’s special status and those constitutional provisions that give J&K a right to define its State Subjects and the rights they are entitled to in exclusivity.
They lauded the decision of the party leadership to fight this battle from the forefront and evolve a consensus on the grassroots level in tandem with other likeminded organizations in the State.
They asked activists to go door-to-door to make people aware about the “malicious propaganda” unleashed by the BJP and its allied non-governmental-organizations (NGOs) in “falsely portraying” Article 35-A as detrimental to the state’s interests.
“Article 35-A forms the cornerstone of the State’s political identity and is vital and non-negotiable for its prosperity and peace. Any harm to Article 35-A would be an unprecedented provocation that could lead to instability in the State and also break the constitutional bridge that connects J&K to the rest of the country”, the NC leaders said.
They said the party leadership was reaching out to people in all the three regions of the tate to dispel myths and false propaganda about Article 35-A and would leave no stone unturned to defend the rights and honour of the people.