Srinagar, Apr 25: National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah today said that those who are venturing out to destroy special status of Jammu and Kashmir are playing with fire.
Abdullah while addressing a public meeting at Devsar Qazigund in South Kashmir cautioned people against forces inimical to State’s special status. “Today we see forces as have always been inimical to State’s status come in different hues and colours trying to destroy it,” he added. However Kashmiris, have never allowed such forces to succeed their nefarious designs; today the situation is no different. Today we see BJP-RSS cheekily taking vows to destroy the identity and integrity of our State”, he said.
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The NC president while referring to the Article 370, Article 35 A as the articles of faith for his party said: “The articles ensure the citizenry of our State certain unbridgeable rights in jobs, land holdings and scholarships; any move to scuttle the Articles will have far reaching consequences on the people of the state. So it is imperative for the people across the State in particular the people of South Kashmir to vote in favour of Hasnain Masoodi. Every vote you cast will set the recourse of our State for next half a decade. This time you will be voting for securing your identity which is facing unbridled attacks from all sides”.
Abdullah said Kashmiris are not slaves of any one. “History bears testimony to the fact that no one was able to enslave Kashmiris, we have fought Mughals, Pathans and other despotic regimes and never let anyone subdue us. New Delhi will only have our respect, if they respect the people of this State. No one should dare to tinker with our self esteem for Kashmiris have always responded to the brickbats thrown at them with determination”, he said.
NC president said that it is only through the use of ballot that the people of Kashmir can recoup themselves from the unbridled miseries. “The solution to problems shall not come from the muzzle of gun or through stone throwing. It is only through the use of vote that the people of Kashmir can find a way forward. Gun culture have only added to the miseries of people and made us susceptible to the machinations of those who are inimical to our identity. People have to forge unity and come in large numbers to vote in order to save the identity, integrity, pluralistic visage and special constitutional status of our State”, he said.
“Today the people of Kashmir have understood that NC can rescue them to safe shores, and unleash an era of prosperity, development in the State. People remember the torments that PDP unleashed on them by clubbing with BJP-RSS”, he further said.
While flaying PDP for surrendering State’s fiscal autonomy, the NC president: “In 1996 when I took over as the Chief Minister of the State, lots of sales tax amount was over due to people. But the situation was such that the people were not in a condition to pay back their over dues. Sensing the appalling financial condition of the people, I waived off some amount and doled out well thought-out policy where in people were told to pay back the sales tax over due in the twenty years time. We had also provided free ration for six months to the people post 2014 floods. But now we cannot imagine easing the burden off peoples shoulders; all thanks to PDP Government who took no time to implement GST and NFSA in our state. Now if the State Government wants to do something on those lines, it has to get permission from the centre. This is what PDP has done. Whatever was left of our autonomy, they shamelessly surrendered it before the centre for the sake of chair and power.”
“People are seeking answers as to what happened to the promises which were made by PDP and Muftis during their election campaign in 2014. The undertaking of PDP and its leadership turned out to be a damp squib. The past few years saw no accomplishments vis-à-vis employment generation, reduction of forces, return of power projects. Our state saw numerous onslaughts from all sides”, he said.