Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said that the people of Kashmir will not be fazed by the threats of BJP-RSS on scrapping special status of the state saying that those who are saying Art370, Art 35-A are temporary are wittingly or unwittingly affirming that the accession was also temporary.
Addressing a mammoth public gathering at Madar-e-Maharban stadium in Ganderbal, party president Dr Farooq Abdullah said that those who created the ruckus about the assertions of Omar Abdullah’s speech wherein he has sought the restoration of the status of the state on the original terms of accession are unqualified and untaught about the historical facts.
“It was our party who after Maharaja Hari Singh executed accession with the union of India sought unimpeachable constitutional safeguards for our state under the Delhi agreement. Our party has always sought restoration of the relation of our state with the union of India on the original terms of accession, which only gave three subjects of communication, defense and foreign affairs to the union, rest the Maharaja gave everything to the people of the state,” adding, “However after the unconstitutional arrest of Sher-e-Kashmir the special status was dented to an extent that it remained a pale shadow of what Sheikh Sahib was able to achieve. We will not be fazed or frightened by the threats of BJP-RSS. We will continue to seek our rights that were infringed upon.”
Party President said that NC after coming to power got the Autonomy resolution passed in the assembly with 2/3 majority. “The resolution was heartily passed by the majority of assembly members belonging to different faiths and regions of the state. Former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao in a televised address at Burkina Faso had approved of having Sadr-e-Riyasat, and Wazir- e- Azam for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He has on record said that ‘As far as giving autonomy to the state of J&K is concerned, the sky is the limit’.”
“When he came back I asked him that much of special status has been eroded since 1953, to which he answered that once in government the forum of assembly should be used to undo the erosions. We too didn’t budge from asking for the restoration of our infringed rights, once in power in 1996 we got the autonomy resolution passed with a huge majority. Those who say that the resolution was cast out are wrong, the documents are still with the union government and one day the centre has to implement it. There is no other way peace can return to the state until autonomy of the state is restored,” he said.
“In the run-up to Beigh –Parthasarthy Accord, my father Sher-e-Kashmir had written to late Indira Gandhi asserting forcefully that he seeks the relation with the union on the actual conditions of Accession with India. The letter is still in the repositories of the concerned departments of the union government,” he said.
Party president said that the forthcoming elections will decide if the minorities including Muslims walk holding their heads high and chin up. “Mehbooba Mufti these days is seen saying that joining hands with PDP proved poisonous for the party. However, in reality, she poisoned the state and opened the flood gates to such forces as are inimical to the identity and integrity of the state,” adding, “Mufti Syed betrayed the mandate of people by hobnobbing with RSS-BJP. People had reposed their faith in him but what followed was a colossal betrayal of that trust. The embrace of Mufti’s and BJP-RSS plunged the state into chaos and melancholy.”
Party president while referring to the sorry tale of minorities in India under BJP rule said, “Today our nation is facing immense hazard in the form of communal strife. We are at crossroads, now it is up to us to decide if India remain secular, progressive in its outlook wherein all the communities thrive and draw their sustenance affably or a country which is tangled with the clutches of communal strife and bigotry. Now it is up to the people. The opportunity has come; we should not let it pass by us unutilized.”
“Today, on one hand, there is Gandhi’s India which is all-inclusive and on another hand, there are forces, which believe that India belongs to the adherents of only one faith. The world has seen such fascist forces trying their level best to harm the brotherhood and peace before as well in the form of Hitler. Today we are facing modern-day Hitlers and Gobbles. Like Gobbles they thrive on falsehood, lies and mendacious politics.”
In a frontal attack on Modi, Dr Farooq said, “The incumbent Modi government failed on all fronts. However, they saw a way out by masquerading behind the Pulwama Attack. When many CRPF Jawans were devoured upon in Chhattisgarh, PM Modi didn’t go there. The sacrifice of CRPF men in Chhattisgarh didn’t move him, he remained unfazed. Not just that when the bodies of slain CRPF men were brought to Delhi, PM Modi was busy in a shooting. The bodies of slain CRPF were kept in waiting for the tributes which were to be paid by PM Modi.”
“The incumbent government, however, took no time to milk the situation to its full to hide the farmer distress, price rise, foreign policy failures, and falling economy have not seen such an actor like Modi. His eminence in theatrics has surpassed all actors. He has been doing nothing but lying to people since he took the reins of power. He squandered the mandate of people besides that he spoiled the precious time of nation and its people. Not to deliver on the promises which he made, he aggravated the situation to an extent which will take years to restore. Every single vital sector of our country is presenting a grimy tale of miss-government,” he said.
Dr Farooq Abdullah while flaying Amit Shah and Jaitley said that the people of the Muslims of the country don’t need certificates from BJP-RSS on their patriotism. “We are not anti-national, we have given immense sacrifices for the unity of the nation. I have lost many of my party functionaries and workers to the frenzy of conflict. These people don’t see that, but when we raise voice for the restoration of our rights we are being tainted us anti-national.”
Party president said that today we have to vote for securing our identity and integrity. “Our vote will make difference both at centre and at the state level. The people should avail of this opportunity and send the candidates of NC to Parliament. In these difficult times we should repose our trust in God, he will salvage us from the tumultuous times we are going through.”
Among others party, General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar, Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Mushtaq Ahmad Guroo also addressed the gathering and sought a strong winning margin for party Srinagar Parliamentary constituency candidate Dr Farooq Abdullah.