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Farooq Abdullah warns of ‘greater revolt’ if status altered

Abdullah called the Centre’s position a BJP-RSS conspiracy to erode the state’s special status for demographic change. He urged opposition parties to unite to thwart any such move. . He insisted that it should not be given a regional colour.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: August 8, 2017 4:05 am
farooq Abdullah, Opposition, NC, National Conference, Indian Express, Politics, India news Farooq Abdullah with state Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir and other opposition leaders and MLAs. (Source: PTI)

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday warned of a “far greater revolt” than the 2008 Amarnath land agitation if the Article 35A that allows the state’s legislature to define the state’s permanent residents is tinkered with.
“This issue has the potential to further deteriorate the situation in our state and the government of India will be squarely responsible for that,” warned Abdullah after an opposition parties’ meet to discuss the Centre’s position before the Supreme Court on the Article. “The Amarnath land row agitation in 2008 was nothing compared to the explosive repercussions it is bound to create in the state.’’

Abdullah called the Centre’s position a BJP-RSS conspiracy to erode the state’s special status for demographic change. He urged opposition parties to unite to thwart any such move. “…you all know that the agenda of BJP and RSS is basically to erode the autonomous structure of this state,’’ he said. “With the way things are moving at the Centre vis-a-vis Jammu Kashmir’s special status, it seems a clear cut case of demographic change is in the making.’’
Abdullah called upon the country’s “like-minded and well intentioned forces” to join hands to help stop “this RSS aggression”. “The BJP and RSS are working overtime to attack the autonomous nature of our state.” Abdullah said that the State Subject Law is for the state’s welfare and is equally important for the Jammu and Kashmir’s three regions. He insisted that it should not be given a regional colour.

“It is not just a Kashmir-centric issue as some are trying to project it as,” said Abdullah. He added that the Article 35A is as important for Kashmiris as it is for people in Jammu and Ladakh. “It was Maharaja Hari Singh who in 1927 had brought in the ownership laws of the state for welfare of state subjects.” Abdullah hoped that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will keep her promise and quit if the Article is removed.

National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah questioned the Centre’s stand of a “larger debate” on the issue. He said that questioning the state’s special status will put a question mark on its accession to India.
Earlier, NC, Congress, Peoples Democratic Front, CPI(M) and Democratic Nationalist Party representatives attended the meet at Abdullah’s residence in Srinagar.

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    Raoul Magic
    Aug 9, 2017 at 4:40 am
    Lets do it what is good for the nation and the Kashmiri Pandits. Just remove article 35A and 370. I want see what the abullahs are up to !!!! Don't let the abdullah's blackmail the Centre. GET RID OF 35A and 370!!!!!!!
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      Narayanan Thannappa
      Aug 9, 2017 at 4:15 am
      This is not R.S.S AGRESSION as said by this POLITICIAN. Is he not an INDIAN and lives in INDIA then why he need A THIRD PARTY intervention to solve the KASHMIR PROBLEM. But for STATE’S SPECIAL STATUS he wants India's “ LIKE MINDED AND WELL INTENTIONED FORCES’ to support him. May be he is EXPECTING FORCES from the NEIGHBORING COUNTRY.Let us face HIS GREATER REVOLT,-- THE STONE THROWING !!!
      1. H
        Aug 9, 2017 at 12:28 am
        If there is revolt, then arrest all leaders and ship them to Andaman u Dee maximum security. Give shooting orders to all that pelt stone or engage in violence. Simply emergency orders should be enforced in J K. Rescind all special status to J K. All problem will be solved in an year time for good
        1. S
          Aug 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm
          Muslims living in the rest of India can live in peace in the midst of Hindu majorities, but should Hindus from the rest of India decide to move into J K, it would be a provocation to native Kashmiri Muslims. That is to say, Kashmir would stay in India only as long as it can pursue Pak-like policies toward Hindus and Sikhs from the rest of India. Correct me, Abdullah Sahib your logic escapes me. A. Kumar, Esq, Washington, DC,USA
          1. P
            Aug 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm
            Parliament should enact law to strip every stone pelter of their right to vote so that the traitors like abdollah can not win election by getting votes from people who are anti-India. Abdollah is the voice of the stone pelters and working hard for their true cause. We do not need such backstabbing politicians who take all benefits of Indian democracy and secretly opposed to a unified nation.
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