Ganderbal: Asserting that the people of Kashmir will not be fazed by the ‘threats of BJP-RSS about scrapping special status of the state’, National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah said his party will continue to work for the restoration of Autonomy.
Dr Abdullah, who is the NC candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, said that those who are saying that Article 370, Article 35-A are temporary, are wittingly or un-wittingly affirming that the accession was also temporary.
“Those who created 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,” Dr Abdullah alleged while addressing a rally at Madar-e-Maharban stadium in Ganderbal in central Kashmir.
“It was our party who after Maharaja Hari Singh executed accession with the union of India and sought unimpeachable constitutional safe guards 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,” he said.
He said, however, after the unconstitutional arrest of Sheikh Abdullah the special status was dented to an extent that it remained a pale shadow of what his father 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,” he alleged.
The NC president said that his after coming to power got the Autonomy resolution passed in the assembly with 2/3 majority in 2000. “The resolution was heartily passed by the majority of assembly members belonging to different faiths and regions of the state,” he said, adding former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao in a televised address at Burkina Faso had approved of having Sadr-e-Riyasat (President) and Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister) for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “Mr Rao has on record said that ‘As far as giving autonomy to the state of J&K is concerned, sky is the limit’,” Dr Abdullah said.
“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 claimed.