Devsar: The National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that those who are attempting to destroy Article 370 and 35-A are playing with the fire, and the need of the hour is to douse the flames and not add fuel to it.
“History bears testimony to the fact that no one was able to enslave Kashmiris. We have fought Mughals, Pathans and other despotic regimes and never let anyone subdue us. New Delhi will only have our respect if they respect the people of this state. No one should dare to tinker with our self-esteem as Kashmiris have always responded to the brickbats thrown at them with determination,” Farooq said while addressing a public meet at Devsar Qazigund in south Kashmir – the statement said.
He said that Kashmiris are not slaves of anyone.
Cautioning the people against forces who are inimical to state’s special status, he said, “Today we see forces as have always been inimical to state’s status come in different hues and colors trying to destroy it. However, Kashmiris have never allowed such forces to succeed their nefarious designs. Today, the situation is no different. Today we see BJP-RSS cheekily taking vows to destroy the identity and integrity of our state.”
“Any move to scuttle the articles will have far reaching consequences on the people of the state. So it is imperative for the people across the state in particular the people of south Kashmir to vote. Every vote you cast will set the recourse of our state for next half a decade,” he added.
NC president said that it is only through the use of ballot that the people of Kashmir can recoup themselves from the unbridled miseries.
While flaying at PDP for its betrayal of public trust, he said, “In a first we made an outreach and offered unconditional support to Mufti Syed in order to keep BJP out of the power corridors. However our earnest offer was turned down by PDP. What followed is history. What good was achieved by our government until 2014 was put into an abyss. The explicit memories of the people are still afresh with the miseries which were inflicted by BJP-PDP on the citizenry of our state.”
“People are seeking answers as to what happened to the promises which were made by PDP and Mufti’s during their election campaign in 2014. The undertaking of PDP and its leadership turned out to be a damp squib,” he said, adding the past few years saw no accomplishments vis-à-vis employment generation, reduction of forces, return of power projects. “Our state saw numerous onslaughts from all sides.”
Farooq said that BJP has failed on every conceivable matrix and is not willing to come forward to acquaint the nation with its achievement.