Asserting that Delhi will have to chose between Article 35-A and Kashmir, Member Legislative Council (MLC) Firdous Tak today said that people of Jammu and Kashmir will safeguard their constitutional position with their lives.
"The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has made the issue as a point of prestige. The narrative is being set for the upcoming general elections and Kashmir is once again been made as a poll plank," he said adding, "It was now upto Delhi to choose between the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the state itself. In case they fiddled with the status they will certainly lose Kashmir".
He was addressing a party convention at Marwah area of Kishtwar district.
"Those who are now opposing the legal validity of the amendment made in the Constitution of India through a presidential order to give state assembly the powers to make laws regarding permanent residence, special privileges, employment, and acquisition of immovable assets are challenging the very basics of the accession of the state with union of India," he said.
Emphasizing on the need for reconciliation and dialogue, Tak said that recent statement by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Kashmir was welcome but at the same time the Government of India has to move beyond the rhetoric.
He said, "PDP has, while in opposition and in power, emphasized upon the need to engage not only people of Jammu and Kashmir but also the neighboring country in order to find a sustainable solution to the vexed issue".
With change of government in the neighboring country, he said that it was the right time that Delhi responds with positivity.
He said, "People of Kashmir want peace. We want to live with dignity and honour. The PM has from time to time publically acknowledged the PDP's approach towards Kashmir. We hope that something positive and concrete is done on the ground".
He said that it was the larger objective of peace and progress that PDP entered into an alliance with BJP after emerging as the single largest l party in 2014 assembly elections.
He said, "Mufti sahib was optimistic and was ready to take all risk in order to bring people out of the situation, which has been forced upon the state due to continuous misgovernance".
He said that the risk was greater but the objectives were more important.
He said, "Despite several challenges, the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti did not compromise with the basic objectives of her party and struggled to achieve what was promised and assured to the people".
Tak said that the strength of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lies in its agenda and cadre, who have stood up against the regional and national political establishments with a hope of peace, prosperity and development.
"Initiation of thought-process for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue was the biggest achievement of PDP and the party's this contribution has been admired even by its opponents as well," he said.
"The formation of governments at two occasions, first in 2002 and second in 2015, in J&K was not our achievement as attaining power was never the basic focus of the party but only means to achieve the goal," he said.
The PDP was not only a political movement but a people's movement which came into being only to restore peace and start a thought-process to achieve this mission, he said.