Srinagar : Opposition National Conference (NC) on Monday kick-started an awareness campaign against revocation of Article 35A of the Constitution with its working president Omar Abdullah asking party functionaries here to mobilise public support to defend the state subject laws.
“The NC will not give permission to tinker with the constitutional provisions giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The rulers, whether in Srinagar or Delhi, should understand that we will not compromise on the big and serious issue which is related to our survival,” he said.
The one-day seminar, attended by over 500 senior party leaders and activists, was organised to kick-start a campaign to make people aware about Article 35A of the Constitution and its impact if the provision was removed. “Now it is your (party leaders and workers) duty to reach out to the people and make them understand what are the benefits of Article 35A and how its revocation will prove a death knell to their culture, language and identity,” Abdullah said.
Accusing the BJP of misleading the people he told the NC leaders and workers to counter it with “truth”. “Understand Article 35A properly, the threat its revocation poses to the state especially to Jammu and make people aware of the benefits,” the NC working president said.
He alleged that the BJP was trying to “sell the issue as Kashmir versus Jammu” and said Jammu and Ladakh.
“If somebody wants to buy land will he do it in Kashmir or Jammu. Residents of Kashmir nowadays do not consider themselves safe in their land and look for avenues to send their children outside the state for studies,” Abdullah said.
Omar Abdullah wants PM assurance
New Delhi : National Conference chief Omar Abdullah on Monday insisted that his party does not question the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India but wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance on Article 35A.
“We will like the Prime Minister’s assurance be given a concrete shape and to make it a reality,” he said on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s claim that Modi has given “100 per cent assurance” that he would back the PDP-BJP government’s Agenda of Alliance which says there will be “no fiddling” with Article 35A. He said the BJP was wrongly claiming that Jammu and Ladakh regions of the state would benefit by abrogation of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution which grants special privileges to the citizens of the state