Jammu will suffer if special status is revoked: Gagan Bhagat

National Conference leader, Dr Gagan Bhagat, Tuesday said that Jammu region will bear the brunt if Article 35-A is scrapped and demanded the special constitutional provisions to be safeguarded.

The former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who joined NC in December 2018, said, “We will lose everything-our identity, jobs, business and our land-to outsiders. We will be left with no option but to either pick up the gun or stones for our rights.”

Blaming BJP for racking up the issue for political gains, Bhagat alleged, “They (BJP) want to sacrifice the interests of Jammu to achieve their electoral goal. Article 35-A is beneficial for the people of J&K and they are not well-wishers. They are anti-people and anti-scheduled caste. They are playing politics over vital issues concerning the state.”