NC will boycott of Panchayat, ULB polls, says Farooq

MAJID NABI. Dated: 9/6/2018 1:25:48 PM

SRINAGAR, Sep 5: National Conference (NC) on Wednesday said it would boycott upcoming Panchayat and local body polls slated to be conducted later this year until and unless the state and the centre won’t clear their stand on Article 35A.
“The core group unanimously decided that party will not participate in these elections unless and until Government of India and the state governments clears their position in this regard and take effective steps for the protection of Art 35A in and outside the Courts.” said NC President, Dr Farooq Abdullah addressing media at party headquarters here.
The former Chief Minster said NC core group after through deliberations about the prevailing situation that arise in the aftermath of challenging the constructional Act in Supreme Court felt that any tinkering with Article 35A would not only prove disastrous for the state but for the entire country.
He also said the situation is not conducive to hold elections in the state given present circumstances.
“The Core Group had a detailed discussion about the prevailing situation of the state with particular reference to Article 35A of the Constitution. It was felt that any tinkering with Art 35A would prove disastrous not only for our state but for the entire country,” added Farooq.
He also alleged that the role of the central government and the present dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir before the Supreme Court goes clearly against the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state.
He said NC would fight tooth and nail all sinister attempts aimed at interfering with this constitutional guarantee in any manner, “whatsoever. Such attempts, if allowed, shall strike at the very basis of relationship between the state and the Union”.
“They conveniently ignore that this provision was incorporated in the Constitution after thorough discussion between the then state government and Government of India and was made a part of the Delhi Agreement 1952. It was also approved by the state’s Constituent Assembly as envisaged under Art 370 of the Constitution,” he said.



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