SRINAGAR, Oct 2: Reacting sharply to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh’s remarks about the need for constitutional amendments to repeal J&K’s special status, Congress today said that RSS and BJP were stoking passions in the face of growing dissent across the country for its wrong policies.
In a statement here, senior Pradesh Congress leader and former minister Tariq Hameed Karra said that BJP has now fielded RSS openly to stoke passions and create a wedge between the people of the State and the rest of the country and Bhagwat’s remarks were precursor to the renewed strategy of the saffron brigade, aiming to deflect growing criticism on Prime Minister for his wrong and anti-people policies.
He, however, said that nobody would be allowed to fiddle with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir as the Article 370 was the only constitutional bridge that connected the former princely state to the rest of the country.
Karra said that it was astonishing that speaking openly for abrogation of Article 370, the BJP and RSS were attempting to use Kashmir issue in order to garner support in Gujarat but it was shame for PDP who is surrendering at every point in time without caring for the sentiments of the people who had voted them to power. He reminded PDP of its pre-poll agenda and promises made to the people of the State in the run- off to the 2014 Assembly elections.
“But now, even the State BJP leaders who are part of PDP led Government are publically demanding abrogation of Article 370 which PDP had promised to safeguard while seeking mandate. The PDP has miserably failed to keep its promise and deceived people and breached their faith and trust which was unpardonable,” Karra maintained.
Karra, a former MP further said that silence of PDP on Bhagwat’s and Nirmal Singh’s remarks was a clear indication that it (PDP) was in league with the ‘saffron brigade’. He cautioned that PDP was treading on extremely dangerous path which has the potential of wiping it out from the political map of the State.
The Cong leader warned that by allowing DyCM to ask for the abrogation of special status to the state, PDP was playing with fire by collaborating with BJP on every trivial issue and said the day is not far when PDP will end up in splitting and a faction of it would rise against its leadership for selling-out the mandate for sake of power and chair.