Stating that special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir was permanent and irrevocable and cannot be diluted, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president and party candidate for Anantnag parliamentary constituency G A Mir has accused BJP of misleading people over abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A and other sensitive issues for electoral gains.
Mir also reminded people of 2016 unrest under PDP rule which he said pushed the Kashmir valley to a “darkest ear”.
“As a result, all the good work done by UPA I & UPA II second under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi has been undone by unholy alliance of PDP BJP,” Mir, according to a statement issued to GNS, said while addressing election rallies at Kullar Pahalgam and Khanabal in Anantnag.
He was accompanied by senior party leaders Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Hilal Ahmad Shah,Irfan Kullar, Shahena Nadaf, Anayatullah Rather, Abdul Qayoom Shah, Fayaz Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Iqbal Mir, Tanveer Ahmad Khan, Hamid Malik and others.
He reiterated Congress Party’s commitment to safeguard the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir State, rejecting the BJP’s manifesto in which it has once again raked the abrogation of Article 370.
“The matter of the fact is that BJP will loose upcoming Lok Sabha Elections miserably and was desperate enough to to woo the voters by exploiting them on sensitive issues,” Mir said and described the BJP manifesto as “a bundle of lies”.
Hitting out at PDP for “failing people on all counts”, Mir said the people of Kashmir especially south Kashmir who voted PDP to power in 2014 feel that they have been punished for voting in favour of the party.
“They voted and supported PDP to stop defeat the BJP in order to ensure that the special status of the State is diluted, but the BJP’s continued tirade against the Art 370 exposed PDP before the people who have suffered immensely due to the surrender of PDP before BJP,” Mir said, adding, “The unholy alliance despite the anger among the people against BJP came into existence, which was taken as punishment by the people of south Kashmir.”
He according to GNS said Congress Party was the architect of Art 370 and 35A of the Constitution of India and will not allow any power to even touch it. “We are committed to the dignity and honour of the people in the country and in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in the State and will do every to address their concerns,” Mir maintained.
Accusing BJP for adopting anti-minority policies in the country, Mir said the people of India have always remained in communal harmony, but the Central Government under PM Narendra Modi “was trying hard to divide people on religious and regional lines to gain political mileage”.
“But I am confident that the people of India will vote against BJP to defeat their nefarious designs,” Mir said and appealed people to caste their vote in favour of Congress candidates to ensure their victory.
“The victory of Congress Party amounts to safeguarding the unity, harmony and brotherhood in the country and State,” G A Mir said.