Wahid Bhat | SRINAGAR
National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that no matter how powerful Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become after winning with the majority, but he cannot remove Article 35A and Article 370 from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In elections, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose
Speaking to reporters here, he said: “No matter how powerful Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become after winning the Lok Sabha elections, he cannot remove Article 35A and Article 370 from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Commenting on the abysmally bad performance of the Congress in the general elections, Abdullah said Congress President Rahul Gandhi will win the Amethi seat after five years and stage a come back.
“In elections, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It is part of the game,” he said.
“Our party has been talking about the restoration of the autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, granting regional autonomy to all three regions of the state whether we were in opposition or in the power,” says Tanveer Sadiq, political advisor to NC vice president Omar Abdullah.
Farooq said grant of regional autonomy to Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh would continue to be the main plank of his party. He claimed the NC will form the next government in the state on its own.
“Gear up for assembly elections,” he told National Conference workers in Jammu.
He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his victory in Lok Sabha elections and said he hopes justice will be done with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Farooq said after the formation of the government with an absolute majority in the Assembly, the NC will work towards fulfilling regional aspirations of the people by granting regional autonomy.
“We have to live peacefully with our neighbouring country. We cannot live with them in enmity. After 70 years, our people do not have clean water to drink. They don’t have electricity and good hospitals,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister told reporters.
“If we live peacefully, we don’t need weapons to fight against them. We should think about making our nation prosperous. For this, we have to come to a solution with Pakistan. It is in their interest as well if they want their nation to come out of poverty,” Abdullah said.
He further urged Pakistan to put an end to terrorism and said, “Today, they (Pakistan) have to take a loan from IMF. Where have they reached now? You will never become developed while you keep fighting. They should stop spreading terrorism.”
The National Conference chief said the Centre will have to walk an extra mile in reaching out to the people, expedite development, complete rail project to link Kashmir with railways on an immediate basis and lay emphasis on dependable road communication.
“Our agenda is to foster amity and bridge the gap between various sections of the society”, he said. “Pluralistic ethos and inclusiveness are the greatest strengths of the state. I pledge my party will work towards the dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homes,” he added.