Srinagar: The National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said that any attempt to tinker Article 370 and 35-A will cast the shadow on Jammu and Kashmir’s accession with the union of India.
“The ensuing Parliamentary elections provide us an opportunity to keep such forces out of power who are inimical to the constitutional safeguards of our identity and integrity,” Farooq said while addressing a public gathering at Lavay Pura in Batamalloo constituency here – according to the statement.
“The whole scheme of our state’s accession will come under shadow if Art 370 and Art 35 A are fiddled with,” he added.
The NC president further said: “Throughout the chequered history of our party, we have symbolised the unity and integrity of our state. NC has given immense sacrifices to protect the special constitutional disposition of our state within the union of India. Now we are facing onslaughts from all sides, the RSS-BJP and their cronies in the state are trying their level best to do away with the Art 370, Art 35-A with a sole purpose to change the demography of our state, which is the only Muslim majority state of India,” adding, “However, the parliamentary elections afford us a chance to keep such forces out of power. We should avail this opportunity and not let this pass by us unutilized. The coming generations will never forgive us if we don’t show resoluteness in trouncing the machinations of communal forces that are bend to dissolve our unique identity.”
Farooq urged people to forge unity in fighting communal forces in the country. “I am sure that if we forge unity we won’t let the machinations of our enemies come true. The need of the hour calls for unity.”
Farooq while flaying Modi for squandering the precious mandate of people said, “Modi had promised to deliver on various issues concerning the nation during his 2014 election campaign but he has aggravated the problems to an extent that will take decades to solve. Modi Government presents a tale of failures and misgovernment. People have now made it a point to give befitting reply to Modi for his failures and lies. ”
“Having been failed to deliver on key issues that the country is facing, the Modi led BJP government would create a war like situation in the country to subvert the attention of people from the real issues affecting poor, farmers and the labor class,” he said.
While underscoring the importance of ensuing Lok Sabha elections, Farooq said, “Today it is an opportune movement to clean the country and the state from the communal yolk. Our fight is with the communal forces. This time you have to cast vote for securing India’s secular visage, and in particular the very identity and integrity of our state.”
While expressing disgust over the treatment being meted out to L K Advani, Farooq said, “See for yourself what happens to those who differentiate between humans on the basis of faith. Advani with his much touted Rath Yatras used to polarise nation, now see what a life of disrepute he is living. This should act as an eye opener for those who spread the malady of communalism. Allah is watching us, we cannot hide. We should never leave the humanism. Our state presents a mosaic of cultures and no development is worthy if any community is left out from the scheme of development. NC believes inclusive development. Our vision espouses a developed J &K, where everyone lives by a dignified sustenance.”