Srinagar: National Conference general secretary, Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar on Sunday said the party is committed to its stand of boycotting local bodies polls until the government of India and governor’s administration clarifies its position on Article 35-A and protect it in the Supreme Court.
In a statement, Sagar said, “If anyone has an ambiguous stand on 35-A, it’s those who have always played with the sentiments of the people of this state. Our stand on protection of the state’s special status is clear weather we are in the opposition or in running the government.”
A spokesperson said Sagar made this statement after inaugurating a public park at Khanyar here.
Sagar further said that the party fully endorse its president Farooq Abdullah’s stand on the upcoming municipal, panchayat and the assembly polls and added they will not hesitate to come on the roads if any tinkering is done with Art 370 or Art 35-A.
The NC General Secretary said voices, irrespective of region or religion, are coming out supporting the party’s stand on Art 35-A. “Some vested interests who wanted to give this a communal angle stand defeated now. Even they have realized how important 35-A is for the state and its people,” Sagar said, adding: “Some BJP MLAs have openly ridiculed their party’s opposition to Art 35-A.”