People of JK are its rightful owners: Farooq
Srinagar: National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday asserted that people of the state are the rightful owners of Jammu and Kashmir and no one can abridge our constitutional rights.
Addressing a Public Meet at ChakDhara, Fakirgujri, Party President said that the people of Kashmir have never allowed any one to subdue them.
“In the coming times we will keep up with this historical proclivity of ours. New Delhi has time and again betrayed people of the state by backpedaling on the assurances it gave from time to time on restoring Autonomy,” adding, “Never in history, have the state highways been closed for civilian traffic, even during the most tumultuous times witnessed by the state. Even during the height of Kargil war, the civilian vehicular movement was never disallowed as is being done today. The order should be revoked as it will make lives of lakhs of people miserable.”
Farooq said that the forthcoming elections will decide if the minorities including Muslims walk holding their heads high.
“Today our nation is facing immense hazard in the form of communal strife. We are at cross roads, now it is up to us to decide if India remains secular and progressive in its outlook where in all the communities thrive and draw their sustenance affably or a country which is tangled with the clutches of communal strife and bigotry. 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 other hand there are forces, which believe that India belongs to the adherents of only one faith,” he said.
Lashing out at Mufti’s for berating and betraying the mandate of people given to it in 2014, he said, “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 uncertainty.”
Castigating former PDP-BJP government on the implementation of GST in the state, “PDP hunkered down for the sake of power and chair, not to talk of preserving what was left of our autonomy; PDP implemented the national food security act, GST act, SARFAESI. The BJP-PDP combine severely put to distress the ordinary populace of the state. People are hankering for ration. Sugar is absent from ration Stores. The food security bill has hit thousands of families across the state. During my stint as CM I waved off Sales Tax loans; during Omar Abdullah’s government after the devastating floods of 2014, we provided free ration to people for six months. Now with GST in place, we cannot even think of doing it. God forbid, if a similar situation arises, we have to raise the issue in the GST council and get permission from center to implement it. All credit for destroying our fiscal autonomy goes to PDP,” Farooq said.
“The incumbent Modi government failed on all fronts and to hide its failures it has created a confrontational situation with a neighboring country to hide the farmer distress, price rise, foreign policy failures and falling economy,” he added.
“He squandered the mandate of people and 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 mis-governance,” he said.
He said that today we have to vote for securing our identity and integrity.
“Our vote will make difference both at centre and at 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. Only HE will salvage us from the tumultuous times we are going through,” he added.
Dr. Farooq said that the situation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir beseeches for such initiatives as opening of borders and greater people to people contact across the border. “We in Jammu and Kashmir suffer immensely due to the animosity between India and Pakistan. National Conference for past seventy years has been vouching for affable Indo-Pak relations. We in national conference have persistently maintained that Indo-Pak bonhomie will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in our peace craving state. I believe and hope that the next government would initiate dialogue with Pakistan, because if the two countries come closer, the dividends of their friendship will be felt in our state, which always come between the line of fire between India and Pakistan,” he said.