Article 370 sacred for us, claimed stake as we had numbers, let PDP knock doors of court, says Sajad Lone

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Srinagar: Peoples Conference (PC) chairman and former minister, Sajjad Gani Lone in presence of new party entrant and another former minister, Imran Raza Ansari on Friday challenged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by Mehbooba Mufti to knock the doors of court over the dissolution of State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday evening amid reports about government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a presser at his residence in Church Lane, Lone who was flanked by former minister, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari said that PC claimed the stake as it has numbers, saying that they even after having numbers they have accepted the decision taken by the Governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the State Legislative Assembly.

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Lashing out at PDP for claiming stake to form the next dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir, Lone said that the PDP was not serious to form the government and the party was lying to the people.

“The alliance they claimed to form to protect Article 35-A and 370 was a blatant lie. I want to ask them to at least stop lying to the people. This alliance was formed as the parties believe that Jammu and Kashmir is their heritage and they won’t allow any other party to form the government,” he said.

He said that the coalition government they were making was with Congress who eroded the special status 95 times and made amendments at least 52 times. “I am not any angel but they (NC and PDP) are also not any angels,” he said.

Lone added that if PDP was aggrieved over the decision taken by the government then “I challenge them to knock the doors of court. I believe they will get justice there and we will be more than glad to prove our numbers on the floor of the Assembly.”

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Asked why PC didn’t stake the claim in the last five months, Lone said that they didn’t get the numbers all of a sudden but the numbers were increasing slowly. “The numbers are increasing and I can’t disallow the members to stop coming to my home,” he said.

He said after the assembly was dissolved the media houses were running news like PROs of those parties. “I also urged them to stop acting like PROs of these parties,” he said, adding that the rigging in 1987 has brought guns to the Valley, which is still present here.

Asked about the insurgency operations, Lone said that gun doesn’t listen to anyone’s language and once there is a gun and there will be a gun pointed towards it.

Asked about Article 370, PC Chairman said that it is sacred form them.

Lone further said that the JKPC has emerged has as an alternative to the traditional politics of exploitation and misrule practiced by the twin-family political monopoly that has used political blackmail and expedient ideological ambiguity to deprive the State of peace and prosperity.

He said that the caravan of change is growing with every passing day as the entry of significant names was expected in the coming time.

“We are a party that believes in the politics of change, transparency and humility. We are going to contest the elections of the Parliament and the State Legislative Assembly with an earnest desire to rescue the State and its institutions from the clutches of two corrupt, arrogant and disconnected political families who have exploited the people of this state for their own personal political empowerment. The people deserve a change and that change cannot be delivered without a massive reorientation in the State’s politics. The emergence of PC as a viable, strong and stable alternative is that of reorientation,” he said.

Lone also welcomed Ansari to the party and said that his formal entry into the party would provide a big boost to the party’s mission of freeing the State from the clutches of a corrupt, ineffective political monopoly that has wreaked havoc in the State’s peace, prosperity and has traditionally based its politics on a systematic, tactical dis-empowerment of the people. He further said that he will introduce some new faces too.

The former minister further added that the party if comes in power has the strategy to end the corruption.

(With inputs from KNS)

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