Jammu and National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that the flag of National Conference symbolizes the sacrifices of many who gave their lives to end the ill- fortune Kashmiris faced for centuries saying that the need of the hour calls for a second revolution to put up a joint effort to trounce the forces as are bent to destroy the integrity and unique constitutional character of the state.
Addressing a gathering of party functionaries, block presidents and a segment in charges of Srinagar, Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “The leadership of the country who liberated the nation from colonial clutches bequeathed us with a secular and progressive constitution. They idealized an idea of India that was deemed to be for all, where everyone lives with dignity; where caste and religion would not have fettered anyone’s socio-economic advancement,” adding, “However there are forces as are disposed to tarnish the very secular visage of India. The agenda of BJP-RSS is all exclusive; they have all along shown consternation for the secular and progressive ideals of the Constitution of India.”
Party President while underscoring the significance of the constitutional safeguards including Art-370, Art 35-A said, “It was in that constitution, a social document that National Conference was able to achieve a special dispensation for our state. The Delhi agreement streamlined the relation between Srinagar and New Delhi. Nonetheless whatever we were able to achieve was eventually eroded by the successive governments of the state led by Bakshi and Sadiq. They had to implement the agenda of New Delhi because they drew their sustenance from them. They were bound to do so, being at their beck and call, they had no other choice.”
“However no sooner we returned to power, the unrelenting erosion of our special status ceased to end. However, our absence from the power corridors of our state gave all the forces as is inimical to the state’s unique character and integrity a field day to fiddle with our status. What unfolded during the past few years during the PDP-BJP rule bears my assertions out, be it the implementation of the National Food Security Act or GST. What was left of our special status in the shape of our fiscal autonomy was eroded by PDP. We have seen it all with our eyes. This should act as an eye opener to all.”
Dr Farooq while reproving Union Finance minister for his recent uncouth assertions about Art 35-A said, “Art-370, Art-35 A sanctify the constitutional link between New Delhi and the J&K state. They are hell bent to degrade our constitutional status; this assertion of his reveals their anti-Kashmir agenda. Kashmiris have lent immense sacrifices to throw the autocratic yolk away from the state. We have never allowed anybody to enslave us; we will never give up on that predilection of ours. We will fight for the unity and integrity of our state at any cost.”
Party President said that PDP canvassed in 2014 election campaign to keep BJP out but what followed they eventually landed up in the lap of RSS-BJP. “Mufti Syed in his last days repented for his colossal mistake but that delayed repentance of his was of no help. His daughter followed her father’s suit and hobnobbed with BJP to keep her flock together. She hunkered down before BJP-RSS for the sake of power and chair. Not to talk of preserving what was left of our autonomy.”
“The countless miseries that were inflicted on Kashmiris in PDP-BJP government will take years to heal. Now Mehbooba Mufti is again up to the same gimmickry, she masters; this time we should not fall prey to her theatrics,” he said.
While referring to the mushrooming of parties mostly one-man armies in every nook and corner of the state, he said, “My father Sher-e-Kashmir foretold about such mushrooming of leaders in every alley of Kashmir after his death. People who were seeking freedom until the recent past are now sitting in BJP-RSS. Today they are hobnobbing with them but time will come when they will also suffer at hands of their masters.”
Party president while flaying Prime Minister Modi for squandering the precious mandate of people said, “PM Modi had promised to deliver on various issues concerning the nation during his 2014 election campaign but he has aggravated the problems to an extent that will take decades to solve. Modi Government presents a tale of failures and misgovernment. People have now made it a point to give a befitting reply to Modi for his failures and lies. ”
“Having been failed to deliver on key issues that the country is facing, the Modi led BJP government would create a war like situation in the country to subvert the attention of people from the real issues affecting poor and middle class; farmers and labor class,” he said.
While underscoring the importance of ensuing Lok Sabha elections, Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “Today it is an opportune movement to clean the country and the state from the communal yolk. India is a vast country and our fight is with the communal forces. This time you have to cast vote for securing India’s Secular visage, and in particular the very identity and integrity of our state.”
Party General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar while addressing the convention said, “This time the situation is like that of 1977. It is National Conference pitched against all the forces as are inimical to our special status. In the forthcoming elections, we should make it a point to trounce all those forces as are bent to destroy our unique constitutional position.
Party’s senior leaders Nasir Aslam Wani, Mubarak Gul, Shameema Firdous, Salman Ali Sagar and Tanvir Sadiq also addressed the people.
Among others party vice president Omar Abdullah, General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Irfan Shah, Peer Afaq, Showkat Mir, Er. Sabiya Qadri, Sheikh G Q Pardesi, Ahsan Pardesi, Younis Gul, G N Tailbali, Sardar Jagdish Singh Azad, Khalid Rathore, Qaisar Jalali were also present in the convention.