Farooq threatens boycott of LS, assembly polls if centre doesn’t clear stance on Art. 35A, 370

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/9/2018 12:38:14 AM

SRINAGAR, Sep 8: National Conference( NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah today threatened his party will boycott Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and assembly polls if the centre did not clear its stance on Articles 35A and 370.
The party has already announced boycott of coming urban bodies and panchayat polls.
Talking to media here, Dr Abdullah at an event said, “We will not only boycott the panchayat elections but also the Lok Sabha and assembly elections if the centre does not clear its stand on Article 35A and article 370.”
“Agencies are spreading rumours that Kashmiri Pandits are scared. What Jagmohan (J&K Guv: 1984-89 and Jan-May’90) did earlier, they (agencies) think by spreading such rumours, the Kashmiri Pandits will leave. There will be an uproar in the rest of the country and Hindus and Muslims will be killed,” the NC leader alleged.
The former chief minister also said there are people with vested interests in both India and Pakistan who do not want relations between the two countries to improve.
On BJP and opposition’s criticisms of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who thanked Pakistan for reportedly allowing Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara across the border, NC president said, “The manner in which the media has targeted Sidhu shows there are elements which do not want India-Pakistan relations to improve. There is a vested interest, both in India and Pakistan; such groups do not want peace in both the countries.”
Dr Abdullah added that India and Pakistan must be friends in order to prosper as two nations. “When an RSS leader like Vajpayee can go to Pakistan as the prime minister and say he is the leader of the people in India...iIf India accepts Pakistan as a nation and wants to strike a friendship with them…. if we are friends with our neighbours, both of us will prosper. I hope the prime minister thinks about this and works for it. But for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India-Pakistan friendship is essential,” he said.



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