Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BharatiyaJanata Party president Amit Shah believe in dividing the nation on the basis of caste, creed and religion, the National Conference president Farooq Abdullah alleged on Sunday, and asserted that “people have made it a point not to fall prey to the divisive agenda of the saffron party”.
Addressing a public meeting here, Abdullah said the BJP is “trying to divert the attention of people by propping up emotive issues”, according to a National Conference statement issued here.
“These people want to change the very framework of the constitution of India, which grants equal rights and opportunities to everyone. It is the constitution of India which grants right to profess any faith. It confers upon our state certain constitutional safeguards. It grants our state a special status by means of Articles 35-A and 370. These people have always shown abhorrence for our special status and special constitutional position,” Abdullah said, according to the statement.
“The other day BJP came up with its manifesto which explicitly reflects the hatred it boasts for the identity of our state. They have forcefully vowed to do away with the provisions of Articles 370, 35 A in that manifesto,” he said.
“Their sole agenda is to change the demography of our state, however let me tell them that they are playing with fire. To meet this purpose, they have employed various henchmen in our state; such cronies can be seen holding ‘ink-pot’ and ‘apple’ in their hands. The sole aim of BJP and its cronies is to make non-state subjects buy land and property in our state,” he said.
The ensuing parliament election is significant since it will decide if India remains secular or not, Abdullah said.
“Our fight is with the divisive forces. We should utilise our power of vote to show such forces as are inimical to our special status their right place. They can go to any extent to grind their axe; they will use men, money and machinery to coerce the voters. However, the need of the hour demands us to remain united and vigilant of their machinations. This time we are voting for our identity and the integrity of our state. Any mistake by us will have serious repercussions for the coming generations of ours,” he said.
He said that National Conference will not allow anybody to fiddle with state’s special status.
“We have been and will continue to protect the identity, integrity and pluralistic character of our state. We would not allow anyone to abridge our rights”.