NC Demands Restoration Of Special Status For J&K
Srinagar- The National Conference (NC) on Friday welcomed the apparent shift in the BJP’s stand from belligerence to amity and peace”, while demanding restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a joint statement by party president and MP Farooq Abdullah, his colleagues in the Lok Sabha — Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi — and some senior party leaders, the NC said the change in the BJP’s stand was discernible from the recent statements of union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari.
The party leaders also welcomed the statement of Gadkari that India is not interested in expansion in land either from Pakistan or China and that India only wanted peace and amity, the statement said.
The statement also welcomes the bold admission made by the leader of Mr Gadkari’s stature that while he and his colleagues want to make India strong ‘the strength does not come from expansion’ and that they want ‘peace not violence’ and to work together, it said.
The party also noted with satisfaction the change from a hostile and aggressive posture that would day in and day out call for armed adventure across the Line of Control (LoC), to a conciliatory posture advocated by the Union Defence Minister in his Jan Samvad address to party cadres.
However, it said mere statements to create an atmosphere of ‘peace, love and amity’ are of no meaning unless the Government of India respects the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the NC said.
Referring to the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to the erstwhile state — the party leaders underscored the need to restore the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the constitutional guarantees extended from time to time under binding covenants, unconstitutionally, arbitrarily and unilaterally taken away on 5th August 2019 .
The signatories to the NC statement also expressed deep anguish over skirmishes along the LoC and the LAC and the consequent loss of life and property.