Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir based politicians are daydreaming for restoration of special status, says Ravinder Raina ‘move next to impossible’

Srinagar: A day after various political parties in Kashmir unanimously resolved to fight for the restoration of the article 370 of the erstwhile state as it existed before August 5, 2019, Jammu and Kashmir Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) President Ravinder Raina said the Kashmir-based politicians are day-dreaming for the restoration of special status.

Rain on Saturday said that restoration of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian constitution is next to impossible.

Both the Articles, according to Raina, were like a wall of hatred which did nothing except digging an ocean of “misunderstandings and retarding the growth and development” of the erstwhile state.

Reacting to the statement, Raina, said “the restoration of Articles 370 and 35(a) is next to impossible. Due to these Articles, J&K has suffered for decades and they gave rise to terrorism, separatism and flared up the Pakistani agenda and as such, they won’t be restored at any cost.”

“Kashmir-based leaders are doing nothing except daydreaming as they are feeling restless to return to the corridors of power to enjoy all luxuries for themselves and their near and dear ones,” Raina according to news agency PTI said while addressing party workers at Sialsui village of Kalakote in Rajouri district.

He alleged that due to the pre-370 arrangements, more than one lakh people have lost their lives in J&K because these “pseudo-leaders were carrying on their duties with the hidden agenda of Pakistan.”

“After the abrogation of these Articles, the communities like West Pakistan Refugees, Gorkha Samaaj, Valmiki Samaj, daughters of the soil, Gujjar-Bakarwals and many other communities enjoyed the air of freedom as they were being discriminated on every issue earlier,” the news report quoted Raina as having said.

Raina said the people of JK have rejected the “dirty politics” of parties like the National Conference, Congress, PDP and the People’s Conference and the J&K is now progressing on the definitive lines of unprecedented development. Earlier Kashmir based parties said that measures taken to abrogate the special status were “spitefully shortsighted” and “grossly unconstitutional.”

On August 22, the signatories which include Farooq Abdullah of JKNC, Mehbooba Mufti of JKPDP, GA Mir of Congress, M Y Tarigami of CPI (M), Sajad Gani Lone of JKPC, Muzaffar Shah of JKANC, in a joint statement said that unfortunate events of 5th August 2019 have unrecognizably changed the relationship between J&K and New Delhi.

“We all reiterate our commitment to collectively fight to restore the Special Status of J&K as guaranteed under the Constitution and the commitments made from time to time. There is unanimity amongst us that collective institution is the effective way to fight for these rights and tirelessly struggle to get back the special status and restore the Constitutional guarantees forcibly taken away, against our will,” the leaders said.


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