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Altaf Bukhari tries to tone down his earlier statement says article 35A was having flaws

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By: Shayib Bhat VOV


On the eve of the second anniversary of abrogation of article 370 Altaf Bukhari has said that the decisions taken by the central government on August 5, 2019 have added to the alienation and has broken the trust between the people of Kashmir and New Delhi.

On Thursday he toned down his earlier statement and said that article 35A was having flaws and now the women of Jammu and Kashmir are getting by its abrogation.

However he reiterated that New Delhi must restore all the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir including article 370. According to the news agencies in their report on the latest statement of Altaf Bukhari they have quoted him as saying, “I agree that there were flaws in Article 35A. It was not fair for our sisters and daughters. I hope it will be restored by the Supreme Court with amendments that will give equal rights to our sisters and daughters,” said Bukhari.

Speaking on the occasion of the second anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, he alleged that “no major development” has taken place since 2019, while adding that this was an attempt to create a rift between Jammu and Kashmir.

Bukhari also lashed out at the overarching influence of the bureaucracy and stressed the need for an elected government in the Union Territory.

Congress leader Ravindra Sharma also alleged that after the abrogation of Article 370 terrorism has increased in Jammu and Kashmir.

“BJP should tell what benefits people have got after the abrogation of Article 370. Earlier they used to say terrorism is because of Article 370 but the terrorist activities have been increased in UT and infiltration from Pakistan has also increased. They are not creating any employment opportunities for the youths. They said that 50,000 people will get jobs. Now, BJP should tell how many got jobs in the last two years,” Sharma said.

He further asked how many private sectors came in Jammu and Kashmir and how many industries have been established after the abrogation of Article 370.

“The abrogation of Article 370 took away the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It was an essential component as a security for the locals for their land and job. After two years people are not happy and youths are still waiting for employment,” added Congress leader.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Kavinder Gupta said that it was very important to remove Article 370 and many developments took place after the abrogation.

“Due to the circumstances in Jammu and Kashmir, it was very important to remove Article 370. Everyday incidents of stone-pelting, terrorism were happening. The normal life of people was disturbed due to such incidents. People used to host the national flag of Pakistan. Now people have started to understand and stone-pelting and other such incidents have also stooped in UT,” said BJP leader.

He further said that the establishment of AIIMS, IIT, IIM, medical colleges, hydroelectric projects and tunnels show that development is happening after the abrogation of Article 370.

The Centre had abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories in August 2019.

With inputs from Agencies

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