SRINAGAR: Awami Atehad Party (AAP) President Er. Rasheed appealed the people of Jammu and Ladakh provinces on Wednesday to support two day strike call on August 30, 31 in support of Article 35-A.
Rasheed also appealed mainstream parties including NC and PDP to ask central government to “stop blackmailing” people of the state in the name of challenging 35A.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar Rasheed said that, no doubt we need to defend state subject law in the Supreme Court but one should not forget that primarily it is a political issue as Supreme Court is being used as a route to “demoralize” Kashmiri people.
Main stream political parties should play a vital role by asking New Delhi “louder and clear” to stop doing all sorts of “nonsense” and cheap tactics to abrogate Article 35-A, he said.
Rasheed said that, “New Delhi is using main stream parties as a tool to mislead world community, it is high time for the main stream parties to prove their sincerity to the masses and stand with people.”
Rasheed said that it looks weird that while Jammu and Kashmir is apprehensive about the fate of 35-A, New Delhi is more interested in conducting Panchayat and Municipal poles. “if the petition against Articler 35A is not dismissed, AAP is on boycott of Panchayat and Municipal elections,” he said.
He said that an All Party Delegation headed by Omer Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti should meet the Prime Minister and convey him that Kashmiri leaders cannot compromise with the rights of the people.
“if main stream parties decide not to contest Panchayat and Municipal elections, central government will come on its knees,” he said.
“AAP strongly condemned the use of force against unarmed civilians in different parts of Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir police (JKP) should respect the rights of common masses,” he said.
Rasheed appealed JKP not to indulge with their people and understand that those fighting on streets are also fighting their fight and the right of every citizen is at stake.
“We are being diverted from our main motive of plebiscite and are being indulged in issues of state subject law,” he added.
While supporting the strike call on August 30, 31 given by different organizations, Rasheed said that, “we are ready to fight with the people of the state for our right and will go for strike on the dates”.