Will never allow anyone to dilute 370, 35-A: Hassnain Masoodi
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday asserted that the people of the state won’t allow anyone to fiddle with Article 370 and Article 35-A and that the ensuing elections are significant as these provide the people an opportunity to reveal how passionately they feel about their identity.
Addressing two separate public meets at Kund, Waltangoo in south Kashmir, party’s candidate for Anantnag constituency Retired Justice Hassnain Masoodi said: “The threats of BJP-RSS to abrogate Art 370 and Art 35A will meet failure as the people of the state will not allow them succeed in their nefarious designs.”
“Today the state is facing onslaught on its special status from all sides, however all the machinations of the forces inimical to our status will fall flat if the people of our state show resoluteness in protecting the identity and integrity of our state,” he said, adding, “This time people across the state have taken it upon themselves to trounce the efforts as are hell bent to destroy the special constitutional status of the state,” he said.
While highlighting the importance of Art 370 and Art 35 A, Hassnain, according to a statement issued to GNS, said, “It is needless to say how important Art 370, Art 35-A for the state and its people. Today the people of our sate are masters of its own land. They work on their land, and derive their sustenance from it. God forbid, if these articles are done away with, the consequences that will follow shall be beyond our comprehension. The people of the state will stop to cleave to a respectable denomination which Sher-e- Kashmir bestowed upon them through famous land to tiller reforms and other people friendly measures.”
“Our kids would not be able to derive various scholarships from government. The youth of our state will cease to be the sole beneficiary of jobs in government sector. Keeping in mind their far-reaching consequences the people have to come out in large numbers and support NC in its efforts to counter the nefarious designs of BJP-RSS and its cronies in the state,” he said.
While censuring PDP and Muftis on “deceiving” people on the promises it made while canvassing for elections in 2014, he said, “They were not able to keep any of their promises. People didn’t see any jobs. The promise of lessen the foot print of security forces also turned out to be a sham. On the contrary, she (Mehbooba) shamelessly presided over plethora of miseries that people of Kashmir especially the people of south Kashmir had to go through. She took votes from you on the pretext of keeping out but she eventually clubbed with them. The much touted AOA also turned out to be a damp squib.”
He said the promises made by Muftis and PDP on the protection of our special status fell flat. “They implemented SARFESI, NFSA, and GST in the state. They brought NIA to state. They failed to deliver on every promise they made in the run up for elections in 2014. They provided platform to BJP-RSS in the state,” he said.
“Every single sector of our state is ailing today be it tourism, horticulture and handicrafts. People still remember how she mocked the miseries of families who lost their kids in 2016 with her ‘milk and toffee’ comments. It was she who had barefacedly said that the guns of security persons are not mere display but action,” he said.
Masoodi said NC has an inclusive agenda that “once in power, the new government under the vanguard of Omar Sahib, the party will work for all sections of the state irrespective of their caste and creed”.
“I also urge the government to increase the quota for other social castes in government jobs. We have a considerable percentage of OSC in our state, which live in abject poverty. Our party will ensure that tribals of our state are able to live a dignified life and derive equitable share from the state’s resources; meanwhile we will take care of other downtrodden segments of our society,” he said. (GNS)