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Art 370 only link between J&K, Centre: Kamal
JAMMU, Sept 18: J&K National Conference additional general Secretary Dr Mustafa Kamal on Monday said Article 370 continued to remain as the only link between J&K and India despite weakening of this constitutional arrangement unilaterally by the governments at the Centre.

Kamal warned that the voices being raised to do away with this arrangement were in fact a call to sever the ties with the rest of the country. “The stronger is this arrangement, the stronger will be the Center-state relations and then talks with Pakistan would be from a position of strength,” NC additional general secretary and the former minister said.

Kamal, accompanied by Minister CAPD and Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon during their three-day tour to Kargil from September 15-17, was addressing party workers at Drass.

Referring to special status to J&K under Article 370 of Indian constitution and the Delhi agreement of 1952, Kamal said, “It was the Indian Parliament which unanimously passed these important provisions with the then Home Minister Sardar Patel tabling the resolution and the then Industries Minister Shyama Prasad Mukherjee seconding the resolution. Despite weakening this constitutional arrangement unilaterally by the central governments, it continues to remain as the only link between J&K and India.

Describing all “political parties and groups other than National Conference as products of conspiracies (against National Conference)”, former minister said all of them had one point agenda of weakening National Conference and projecting it in bad light. Taking a dig at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership, he asked the people not to lend ears to “those frustrated liars responsible for over two decades-long bloodshed, death and destruction especially the PDP whose patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed”, who he said, “played dirty role in all these decades from 1953 to bring down governments unconstitutionally and illegally, be it in 1953, 1977, 1974”

Continuing his verbal offensive against Mufti, Kamal said, “He (Mufti) forced the government in 1990 to resign when Jagmohan was sent as Governor against the recommendations of the state government led by Dr Farooq Abdullah. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed as the Union Minister did the greatest disservice to people of J&K, especially the majority community by letting loose a reign of large scale terror and killings through his hand–picked Governor Jagmohan armed with the infamous AFSPA. People who have seen this ugly side of Mufti Sayeed will never forgive him and one day he will have to face the law for crimes against society.”

Kamal, responding to one of the speakers Captain (retired)T Samanla’s point that the opposition was spreading a lie projecting National Conference as a party of Muslims, said, “Had it been so, Koshak Bakula would not have been a member of the constituent Assembly in 1949-50, Sonam Narboo would not have been a minister in 1975 along with Mohan Kishen Tickoo and Devi Dass Thakur. Likewise Shamlal Saraf, Pandit Kashyap Bandhu and Sardar Budh Singh would not have been ministers in the cabinet in 1947-48 and Shiv Narain Fotedar would not have been chairman of the first Legislative Council after 1947.”

He clarified the points raised NC district president Musa Chiktan about special status under Article 370 of Indian constitution and the Delhi agreement of 1952. Reacting to the opposition propaganda that people took to guns in 1987 because of “rigging in the election”, NC leader said the elections in the country were conducted by the Election Commission of India and in 1987, there was Governor rule with Dr Farooq Abdullah as care–taker Chief Minister.

“Election Commission did not even spare the then Prime Minister in 1977 and rejected her election to Lok Sabha, when Allahabad court found her guilty of election malpractice. Election petitions regarding 1987 election in J&K were rejected by the J&K high court. The opposition accusation is this baseless and they have nothing to substantiate it,” he said.

Kamal said National Conference was proud of the traditional and strong bonds of amity, religious and social harmony of the Buddhists and Muslims of Leh and Kargil districts. He said the secularism and complete harmony among various regions and religious of J&K had been the hallmark of NC and was at the core of the party’s policies and programmes and the party would continue to promote and strengthen it.

Addressing party workers at Drass, the NC leaders impressed upon the party cadre to strengthen National Conference at all levels and remain vigilant against the machinations of opposition to spread canard against National Conference led coalition government and the National Conference party.

They said that National Conference’s contribution in developing entire Kargil area was unmatched and in comparison the opposition had nothing to show except self-praise and pretense.

Addressing the Kargil District National Conference convention at Tamis village of TSG block on September 16, Akhoon gave details of the development works in the district in all sectors including road connectivity to all villagers and hamlets, power projects which were in various stages of construction and had started showing results. He said that projects the like 200 bedded District Hospital, new building under construction and foundation for the Kashmir University campus laid by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah earlier this year, 100 bedded hospitals at Sankoo and Drass were in final stages of completion and were providing medical service presently.

He also said that constitution of Panchayats after a gap of over three decades was also a historic and big achievement of Omar Abdullah led government in which the Chief Minister played exemplary role. He said this vital institution of democracy needed to be protected and promoted so as to empower people at the village level, eliminate red–tapism and corruption and bring transparency and accountability in the government.

Others who were present and spoke on the occasion included district president National Conference Ghulam Hassan Khan, Feroz Ahmad Khan MLA Zanskar, Agha Syed Ahmad Rizvi MLC, Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan Chief Executive Councillor, Agha Syed Mujtaba Councillor, Agha Syed Zia, Syed Abbas, Haji Abdul Samad, Syed Mohammed Ziauddin and Sheikh Ali Elmi.

News Updated at : Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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