Farooq calls for sacrifices from workers to fight for restoration of Art 370

NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah addressing youth convention in Srinagar on Sunday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah addressing youth convention in Srinagar on Sunday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Dec 5: National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today asked the party workers to be ready for farmers like sacrifices for restoration of their rights that were snatched by the Centre on Aug 5, 2019.
Addressing party workers at his father and NC founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s mausoleum at Hazratbal in Srinagar on the occasion his death anniversary, Dr Abdullah said that every single NC worker and leader has to be remain in touch with people on ground in every village and locality.
“All of you have to be steadfast. Centre repealed farm laws after the sacrifices by 700 farmers. It is after these sacrifices that three farm laws were revoked. We may also have to offer similar sacrifices to get back the rights that have been snatched from us by the Centre,” he said. Click here to watch video
“We had made a promise that we will get back Articles 370 and 35A and the Statehood. You should be ready for sacrifices and don’t be afraid. We are on right path and have faith in Allah. Ishallah, we will achieve success”, he said.
Farooq appealed for unity for achieving the success. “We should not get bogged down in small and trifle issues. We should stand united and then only we will achieve success”, he added.
“They are saying so many things and it looks everything was done by them here. They promised 50, 000 jobs in J&K and where are they? They instead are sacking employees. They are bringing people from Haryana and Punjab and where will our sons and daughters go”?, he asked.
He lashed out at Government for intimidating media. “If they write something, they are being summoned to Police Stations. On the other hand, they say there is freedom of speech”, he said.
He added that it was after massive resistance by the families of three slain persons of Hyderpora encounter and several other political parties that the police and the administration had to exhume bodies of two and hand them over to their families. “It was possible due to unity shown by the people”, he said.
“The body of the third innocent is yet to be handed over to his family in Udhampur,” he said. He asked party men to start public outreach programs and stay connected with people in every village and locality across Kashmir.
He said that NC is a grass root party and people are with it. “You will face difficulties. We have to work hard. We have to share the grief and pain of the people. We have to reach out to the people to achieve our goal”, he told workers.
Reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent statement that post abrogation of Article 370, J&K is witnessing peace and tourism, the NC leader said that if tourism is picking up in Kashmir, what does that mean? “Is tourism everything?,” the NC chief asked.
Hundreds of NC workers and leaders had assembled at Hazratbal to pay tribute to NC founder on his death anniversary amid incessant rains.