3rd anniversary of Art 370 abrogation: Parties demand restoration of special status, statehood to J&K

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 5: On the third anniversary of abrogation of Article 370 from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, several political parties stage protests demanding restoration of special status as well as statehood to J&K.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held a massive demonstration at Jammu under the leadership of Amreek Singh Reen (general secretary of the Party) who demanded revocation of the unconstitutional decision taken on August 5, 2019, by abusing the majority in the Parliament.
“Today is a day of mourning for J&K. BJP Government started oppression, and barbarism in 2019. It is unfortunate that BJP is celebrating while J&K is mourning. We will resist this”, PDP leaders said and added that except promises, nothing has been achieved during the last three years. They vowed to restore the special status of J&K with the support of the people.
Senior National Conference (NC) leader and president of the Party for Pirpanjal, Javed Ahmed Rana termed the August 5, as the Black Day in the history of J&K claiming that on this day in 2019, the BJP ‘shamefully’ played with the future of the people of the region by snatching away their identity by declaring null and void the Article 370 and also degraded the status by way of making J&K a Union Territory.
In a statement issued to media persons, the NC leader said, “The Central Government had forcibly taken away the guarantees that were enshrined in the constitutions of Articles 370 and 35A. NC will continue its fight to restore the aforesaid Articles democratically, constitutionally and legally. The Party will continue to strive for restoration of these articles peacefully.”
Chairman, J&K People’s Democratic Front (J&KPDF) and former Minister Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, in a statement, said people of J&K were betrayed by the Central Government on 5th August 2019, as it was constitutional guarantee given to the people at the time of accession. He urged the Central Government to restore the statehood on priority basis, so that trust and alienation factors could be addressed.
Yaseen said that Government of India should review its decision and restore Article 370 immediately so that trust and alienation among the people could be addressed.
If these things would not be addressed immediately, it can have negative impacts on the mindset of people, he added
On the third anniversary of abrogation of Article 370 from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Shiv Sena today accused the central government headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of disobedience and indifference to public issues like return of statehood to J&K, continuous discrimination with Jammu, etc.
Holding placards with slogans like “Give employment to local youth”, “Secure Kashmir”, dozens of Shiv Sena activists under the leadership of State Youth Wing president Binny Mahajan staged a silent protest on BC Road near the Bus Stand (Jammu) against the hollow policies of BJP led Government at the Centre.
In his address, Binny said that on August 5, 2019, the happiness of the people who came out on the streets to welcome it with drums and drums on the removal of Article 370 is turning into despair due to the callous attitude and disobedience of the Government whose all promises proved to be hoax. He asked the Central Government not to test the patience of people of Jammu region failing which they would teach BJP a lesson in the upcoming Assembly elections.
President of Mission Statehood, Sunil Dimple led a protest at New Plot (Jammu) demanding restoration of statehood and special status to J&K, liberation of PoK, Gilgit, Baltistan and declaration of holiday on the birthday of Mahraja Hari Singh before Assembly elections in the UT.
Addressing protestors, Sunil Dimple said the August 5 is a black day in the history of J&K as on that day our beautiful state was demolished into two union territories of J&K and Ladakh. He demanded Prime Minister Narender Modi to announce the statehood to J&K from the ramparts of Red Fort on upcoming Independence Day function.