If NC-PDP join hands to keep communal forces at bay, it is a welcome step, says Congress

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Monday said that bonhomie between two regional parities-National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to keep communal forces away is a welcome step.

JKPCC vice president, G N Monga said, “The communal forces are threat to the country especially to Jammu and Kashmir. At this juncture, if NC and PDP join hands to keep them at bay is a welcome step.”

He further said that not only the regional parties but the people from all three regions including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh should unite to keep these forces at bay.

“Jammu and Kashmir is known for its communal harmony. We have seen how Muslims and Hindus rescued each other in 1947,” he said, adding that the people must unite to defeat these forces.

Earlier, former finance minister and senior PDP leader, Syed Altaf Bukhari and senior NC leader and MLA Kangan, Mian Altaf welcomed the suggestions over the bonhomie of PDP and NC to fight for the protection of Article 35-A and 370.

Bukhari had said, “The suggestion of J&K Civil Society Coordination Committee for an alliance of National Conference and PDP for formation of a new government for fighting strongly to protect Article 35-A and challenges to Article 370 are welcome.”

In reaction, Altaf responded, “The suggestion of NC and PDP joining hands for a joint fight on Article 35-A and against rise of communal forces in Jammu and Kashmir made by the PDP’s senior leader is a welcome move but the decision to form a government in alliance with PDP lies with Omar Abdullah only.”

The suggestion was put forth by Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) comprising ANC Senior Vice president Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, Advocate Mir Javaid, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina and others.

They suggested the regional parties forge an alliance at an earliest to fight for the protection of Article 35-A and 370 in the Supreme Court.

The JKCSCC members had said that there was need to form the new dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir for the protection of rights of people here. “Both the parties must stand for the protection of rights of people and should join hands to fight against the ill designs in the Supreme Court jointly,” they said.

(With inputs from KNS)

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