JAMMU: National Conference SC Cell has stressed the crucial need of safeguarding Article 35A of the Constitution saying it reflects the identity and dignity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a press statement issued here, leading a protest march of the workers, the Co-Chairperson of the Cell Mr Vijay Lochan said that the people of the State would not allow Article 35A to be weakened or repealed, as it related to economic sustenance and jobs of the youth. He said attempt of weakening this Act will tantamount to usurping the rights of the vast mass of the unemployed youth and exposing the business community to threat from non-state subjects who may come over to the state.
The NC SC Cell workers staged a strong protest demonstration at a rally, organized by Advocate Vikrant at Ramnagar.
Vijay Lochan accused the BJP for unleashing a misinformation campaign on this important constitutional proviso, saying its leaders are dividing the people on the basis of religion, region and caste. He described Article 35A as religion and region neutral and said this protects the interests of all the segments of society. He said National Conference will fight the divisive politics of the BJP and offer every sacrifice for strengthening the bonds of amity and unity between the people.
Sunil Verma, District President Udhampur National Conference also spoke on this occasion in favor of Article 35A and said this is a strong bond between J&K and rest of the country.
Simar Dass, Mr Som Raj Taroch, Mr Rakesh Dogra all Provincial Secretaries SC Cell Jammu Province also spoke on this occasion.
Prominent among those present in the protest march included Mr Swarn Singh Rathore, Mr Mohan Lal Sharma, Sanjeet Singh, Pardhuman Singh, Capt Ravi, Kuldeep Kumar, Tirath Ram, Faiju Ram and others.