J&K Peoples Conference Sr Vice president and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil said that it is surprising to see political parties and leaders who through out their successive regimes had weakened the Art 370 talk of being the sole saviours of Art 370 after its abrogation.
He said is that NC and PDP are trying to hoodwink and befool the people by shedding crocodile tears but the people understand their politics of deceit and will not repose faith in them again.
“Is it not a fact that NC and PDP throughout their successive regimes had reduced Art 370 to a hollow shell, and eroded the best part of Art 370 by making more than 50 constitutional amendments since 1954”, he added.
Vakil said Omar Abdullah talks about being sole safeguarding party of Article 370 then why did he continue as the Foreign Minister and did not protest when NDA government at centre rejected the autonomy resolution passed in the J&K assembly.
“Why did Omar Abdullah not resign in protest at that time. It is NC who has been all along in coalition with Congress, which was responsible for eroding and undermining the special identity of erstwhile state. It not only abolished the 1953 position but also the post of prime minister and sadre riyaysat of j&k thereby irreversibly damaging Art 370”
Vakil assured the people that if the PC comes in power it will definitely publish a white paper in which the role of NC, congress and PDP in weakening Article 370 will be blatanly exposed.
Vakil further said that the NC and PDP can go to any extreme for power, no matter how much they are disrespected, humiliated.
“It has also been observed when the leaders of traditional parties get power by exploiting autonomy and self rule they don’t bother to speak about these slogans but when they are out of power they leave no stone unturned in exploiting the sentiments of the people. NC was the first Kashmiri party to ally with the BJP in a deal which resulted in Omar Abdullah being made the Foreign Minister of BJP government in the centre. They even expelled Saif-ud-din Soz for voting against the BJP and refused to resign when the Autonomy resolution was rejected by the Centre. The people of J&K remember their historical blunders in plunging J&K into uncertainty and chaos”, he added. (KDC)