NC, PDP using Article 35A to blackmail Centre: BJP

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 12: Bharatiya Janata Party today said that Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference were using Article 35A to “blackmail” the Centre as they feared that there was a common threat to the concept of dynasty rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reacting to the statement of former Finance Minister and senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari, wherein he had said that BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav was well aware of his own party leadership which “displayed an utter disregard” to elected representatives and dishonored democratic institution like Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir,” BJP’s State spokesperson Khalid Jehangir, in a statement said, “PDP and NC should introspect rather than indulging in a rhetoric.”
Jehangir said that both these parties had together polled less than 10 percent votes in the Lok Sabha elections, which were held for Srinagar seat on 2017. “It means their combined clout to politically enthuse people to vote is less than 10 percent. Rather than introspecting and doing some soul searching it is unfortunate that the two dynasties are getting together to confuse people by creating a correlation between elections and issues where no correlation exists,” he said.
The BJP spokesman said that two bitter dynasties coming together was a clear hint that there seemed a common threat to the concept of dynastic rule rather than the issue of 35A that they were supposedly worried about. “Article 35 A is a fig leaf which they are using to blackmail the Centre,” Jehangir added.
Taking a dig at Altaf Bukhari, the BJP spokesman said, “He should know it very well that he is himself a product of boycott. Had 80 percent people participated in the 2014 Assembly elections he had no chance of winning the elections from Amirakadal Assembly constituency.”
Jehangir said that PDP and NC were openly trying to “whip up sentiments and carve out the psychological mindset for a boycott” in the forthcoming coming elections to Parliament. “They have always won the elections when people have stayed indoors on the voting by day. Their desperation stands exposed,” he added.