Seeking removal of  Art 370, 35-A tantamount to disrespecting Indian Constitution: Er Rasheed

Reacting to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s demand of making constitutional amendments for abrogating Article 370, Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) President and MLA Langate, Engineer ABdul Rashed Sheikh  on Saturday said that though there is nothing new in what Bhagwat has stated but the demand of demolishing Article 370 is itself an evidence that RSS and likeminded organizations don’t have faith in Indian constitution.

Er Rasheed said, “Those who often accuse Kashmiris of disrespecting Indian constitution by seeking Right to Self Determination should understand that if seeking Right to Self Determination is something outside Indian constitution, then demand to remove Article 370 and 35-A amount to disrespecting Indian Constitution and is an ample proof that people like Mohan Bhagwat don’t have faith in Indian constitution,” Rasheed said in a statement issued here.

“The provisions like 370 and 35-A are temporary because of disputed nature of J&K and if UN resolutions are implemented and J&K becomes India’s integral part through a plebiscite, Article 370, 35-A and other provisions will automatically become null and void,” he said.

He, however, said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not averse or scared to any discussion on J&K dispute and if Government of India invites all stake holders for unconditional talks, let RSS and likeminded organizations of Sang Parivar argue on the table about abrogating all articles granting special status to J&K and Kashmiris should also be allowed to plead their demand of right to self determination.

“Whatsoever emerges from a sincere dialogue based on historic facts, logic and argument should be acceptable to all,” he said, adding that if Mohan Bhagwat and likeminded people don’t believe neither in Indian Constitution by demanding disastrous amendments nor are ready to fulfill the commitment made with people of J&K by India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, then world should know that India has nothing to offer to the people of J&K and wants Kashmiris to be controlled through barrel of the gun and by destroying their self-respect and credibility one way or the other.

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