NC, PDP befooling Kashmiris over Art 35 A: Dr Jitendra

Avtar Bhat
JAMMU, Mar 13: Hitting out at National Conference (NC) president, Dr Farooq Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti for opposing the Election Commission (EC) decision of deferring Assembly poll in the State, Union Minister in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that the two Kashmiri parties have been exposed for their duplicity on Article 35 A.
Talking to reporters here this afternoon soon after a party function, Dr Jitendra Singh said that earlier they were boycotting the Panchayat and Municipal elections to protect the 35 A and now they are saying that they will contest the elections to safeguard the 35 A, which speaks of their double standards.
He said it seems that the leaders of two parties are unfaithful to Kashmiris on 35 A and they were befooling them on this issue for their double standards. Both NC and PDP should first clear their stand on 35 A, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said “both the parties have been exposed for their duplicity over this issue as earlier they had taken a stand to boycott he Panchayat and Municipal elections in the State to protect the 35 A and now they are saying they will contest the elections to protect the 35 A”. He asked “why don’t they continue to boycott the elections till decision over it comes from the Supreme Court”?

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He said that the two parties think that by pointing fingers on BJP over 35 A, they can take its advantage in coming elections but in real sense they are befooling their own people which they have been doing for last 70 years for their vested political interests.
“BJP believes that the matter is subjudice and we will honour the verdict of the Apex Court but the two Kashmir parties have been exploiting the people on this issue eyeing the elections”, he added.
The Union Minister while ridiculing the changing stand of the two parties expressed the hope that the Kashmiris especially the youth of the Valley will not fall in their oft repeated trap and will give a befitting reply to them as they have seen through their treachery over the decades hence they will no more trust them in future.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that new political equations are emerging in the Valley and they will take on the dynastic parties who ruled the State for decades together taking the advantage of political uncertainty prevailing there. “The leaders of these parties wanted that political vacuum should continue so that their dynastic rule flourishes in future too”, he added.
In response to a question that Hurriyat leader Moulvi Umar Farooq has written a letter that being a religious leader he can’t meet the NIA probing the Hawala transactions against Hurriyat leaders, Dr Jitendra Singh retorted “does the religious leader enjoy impunity in investigation against terror funding”?
He said it is responsibility of all of us regardless of what religion we belong to cooperate with investigation agencies probing the transaction of Hawala money and transferring the same for terror funding. No religious leader has been given impunity by Constitution to indulge in Hawala money for terror funding, he added.
In reply to another question on Rafale deal and allegations leveled by Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi against Prime Minister and BJP, Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated that Congress leader is suffering from selective learning of history as the Supreme Court has given a clean chit to Government of Rafale deal. He said the Rahul and his mother Sonia Gandhi who are out on bail in National Herald case can be arrested at any time.
Dr Jitendra Singh termed the question on possibility of China again coming in rescue of Pakistan to defeat Indian Government’s move to declare Azhar Mehmood’s Jaish-e-Mehmood (JeM) as an outlawed outfit at international level as hypothecal question.
“Those countries of the world who earlier were not agreeing with India on terror have now come around it’s viewpoint after Narendra Modi’s outreach to expose Pakistan as epicenter of terrorism”, he added.
Dr Jitendra, while hitting out at dynastic parties said that unlike father -son or mother -son dynastic parties, BJP follows a set procedure of democratic norms within party and while running the Government. The decisions taken in the party are based on inner party democracy and unlike the dynastic parties, the decisions are not thrust in BJP.