Granting special status no gift to JK, was India’s own compulsion: Er Rasheed
Dares Modi for holding referendum in Kashmir
Kangan: Awami Itihad Party Chief, Er Rasheed has said that Article370 or 35A had not been gifted to Kashmiris “but granting constitutional guarantees to J&K was India’s own compulsion and not any favor to people of J&K”.
Addressing a gathering in Wussan, Kangan in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, Rasheed said that New Delhi “needs to realize that Kashmiris too are fed up with the dirty politics being played over special status granted to J&K”.
He was referring to the BJP’s assertion to abrogate the state’s special status.
“If Mr Modi or someone else is serious in abrogating Article 370 & 35A, it can be done easily by holding plebiscite on both the sides of LOC and if people of J&K vote for India Kashmiris will have no objection in becoming integral part of India and there will be no need of continuing with Article 35A or 370,” he said.
Reminding Modi of his claims that people of Gilgit Baltistan and Pak “want to be part of India and only 5% Kashmiris want separation from India,” Rasheed said, “As such, New Delhi should not feel any hesitation in agreeing to holding a referendum and by doing so it can easily abrogate Article 35A and 370 and the resolution passed by parliament over J&K will also get implemented itself”.
Rasheed asked Modi and BJP President, Amit Shah and other leaders of right wing parties not to “distort facts by misleading masses in India over Art 370 & 35A”.
“New Delhi should stop blackmailing Kashmiris,” he added.
Rasheed said that there was “nothing new what BJP leaders are preaching today, but they need not to forget that J&K is an internationally recognized dispute and it is not easy for India and Pakistan to ignore sentiments and sacrifices of people of J&K”.