AFSPA Campaign on May 11, 2016

National Conference on Wednesday said it was “committed” to the revocation of AFSPA from the State and that PDP’s “complete abandonment” of this demand after coming to power had “proven that PDP was BJP’s Trojan Horse in the State”.

National Conference Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi on Wednesday started J&K RTI Movement’s signature campaign for AFSPA revocation in the State and said, “National Conference would continue to seek the revocation of the Act from the State.”

“National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah led the efforts of the party to seek AFSPA revocation from the front and he never hesitated to voice this demand even in the Legislative Assembly as the Chief Minister. Omar Abdullah demonstrated the statesmanship and courage to raise this issue at the highest forums, even in the presence of visiting Prime Ministers. Sadly, Mehbooba Mufti has sold-out to the BJP and their placards of ‘Revoke AFSPA’ have disappeared,” the NC Chief Spokesperson said.

The NC Chief Spokesperson said the State’s legislators were morally bound to represent the aspirations and expectations of the people in the halls of democracy and a failure to do so would discredit democracy in the State.

“Every single legislator should sign this banner and support this campaign and rise above their partisan and personal political ambitions. I laud this initiative and wish the organizers all the very best in this endeavour,” the NC Chief Spokesperson further added.

“We have seen how the PDP-BJP Alliance is hell-bent on destroying the State’s institutions and eroding its special status. They have launched one offensive after another against the State’s flag, its constitution as well as its political rights in those areas that clearly fall in the State List according to the Constitution of India. Our State Government is acting as a political extension of the anti-Article-370 lobby in New Delhi and has left no opportunity to appease the BJP and RSS in furthering their long-held agenda to weaken the State’s special status. Their refusal to raise the issue of AFSPA revocation contradicts PDP’s pre-election rhetoric and also the promise they made in their ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ which specifically states that they would take up AFSPA revocation with the Centre. Today, they are scared of uttering a single word on this sensitive issue that they used to come to power,” the NC Chief Spokesperson added.


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