NC to contest polls, PDP says clear stand on 35A, Ayodhyahttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/pdp-asks-farooq-abdullah-to-clear-ncs-stand-on-ram-mandir-article-35-a-5525820/

NC to contest polls, PDP says clear stand on 35A, Ayodhya

The NC had boycotted the recently concluded panchayat and municipal polls in the state.

NC to contest polls, PDP says clear stand on 35A, Ayodhya
National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Under fire for boycotting the recently concluded civic polls in Jammu and Kashmir on the issue of Article 35A, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said his party will contest the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state and win them.

Abdullah appealed to Pakistan to stop aiding and abetting terrorism and hold talks with India to resolve the bilateral issues. “It (Article 35A) is sub-judice. In Parliament and Assembly elections, we will (take part) and will win also,” Abdullah told reporters here.

The NC had boycotted the recently concluded panchayat and municipal polls in the state.

The PDP, meanwhile, asked National Conference to clear its stand on Article 35 A and Ram temple, saying that its two contradictory positions in these two cases which are being heard by the Supreme Court convey something more than what meets the eye.

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Senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar, in a statement, said that at a time Prime Minister has made it clear that the country will have to wait for the judicial process to end for construction of Ram mandir at Ayodhya, Abdullah has “stuck his neck out and pleaded for circumventing the judicial process so that he is able to participate in the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple’’. The PDP leader added that the NC president is welcome to his personal faith in Ram, but the way he has advocated for construction of temple while bypassing the judicial process is very alarming.

“It is high time NC should clear its position vis-a-vis Article 35-A, which is the question of life and death for the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the PDP leader said, adding that Farooq had earlier made a lot of noise about it and led his party into boycotting recently held polls.— PTI inputs