Art 370 Not Being Restored, Azad in Baramulla

SRINAGAR: Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday that Article 370 of the constitution can not be restored. He said the “misleading people” are misleading people by them for its restoration.

Ghulam Nabi Azad

“Ghulam Nabi Azad will not mislead anyone. For votes, I will not mislead and exploit you. Please don’t rake up issues, which can’t be achieved. 370 can’t be restored. It needs a two-thirds majority in parliament,” Azad said in his speech.

Asserting that since the Congress party is “going down” with every election, there is no party in India, which can get a majority in Lok Sabha and restore Article 370.

Azad said he has come to Jammu and Kashmir “to fight against the exploitation and falsehood even if it hurts his political prospects”. He said he will fight for statehood. “I will not raise emotive slogans for winning seats. We will have to fight for restoration of statehood. For this there is no need for a constitutional amendment.” Once the statehood is restored, Azad said, the Jammu and Kashmir state can legislate for laws required for protection of jobs and land for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, who quit Congress after half a century, to launch his own party said the new political platform will be announced within 10 days. In Baramulla, his first meeting in Kashmir post-resignation, Azad reiterated that he will stand for statehood and people’s right to their land and jobs.

“The national party is not my priority at the moment. Because that needs a lot of consultations and other seniors have to be in the fold,” Azad said in his speech. “My first priority is J&K and 90 per cent of the Congress [J&K] has come with me already.”

“I have not decided upon a name for my party yet. The people of J-K will decide the name and the flag for the party. I’ll give a Hindustani name to my party that everyone can understand,” Azad said. “My party will focus on the restoration of full statehood, right to land, and employment to native domicile.”

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