Restoration of autonomy our prime agenda: NC

National Conference Tuesday said the party will not allow the BJP, the RSS and their proxies to succeed in their “nefarious” plans to abrogate the special status of J&K.

Lashing out at the BJP and its state functionaries, NC General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar warned the “fascist” and “communal forces” against any attempt to fiddle with the special constitutional status of the state, saying such a “misadventure” will have far reaching consequences and will put the state on fire.

“Abrogating Article 370 will nullify Maharaja’s accession with the union of India,” Sagar in a statement said, adding that it the Article 370 that “sanctifies the bond between New Delhi and Srinagar.”

Sagar said the BJP-RSS should stop parroting unreasonable demand for abrogating of the special status of the state. “Such reckless rants will inadvertently brew anger in the state.”

“The need of the hour is to bridge the gaps of mistrust between the centre and the state,” he said, adding that unfortunately nothing significant is being done towards removing the mistrust between the centre and the state.

“As far as our party is concerned, we would not be deterred in our mission in protecting the state’s special status by the continuous rant of the BJP and the RSS. The people of the state have already defeated the machinations of the BJP-RSS and their servile henchmen in the state.

“People have explicitly and considerately reposed their faith in our party to carry forward the mission of protecting the identity of the state.  We in our party will continue to strive for safeguarding the special position of our state. However our prime agenda is to strive for the restoration of autonomy to the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, NC functionaries led by Sagar offered fateh at the graveyard of party veteran Khwaja Ghulam Mohi Ud Din Shah at the shrine of Syed Muhammad Mantaqi (RA) at Chatabal Srinagar.

Sagar on the occasion hailed the role played by the late Shah Sahib for the protection of the special status of the state.

NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing the gathering said the need of the hour was to remain vigilant and not allow the RSS and the BJP and their “Trojan horses” to “divide us” in the state.

On the occasion senior leaders including Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Muhammad Dar, Mubarak Gul, Ghulam Rasool Naz, Muhammad Yasin Shah, Showkat Mir, Pir Afaq, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Salman Ali Sagar also spoke to the gathering and paid glowing tributes to the late veteran leader.

NC Central Secretary Irfan Shah, son of the late leader expressed gratitude to the party leaders, functionaries.

Meanwhile, in south Kashmir party Zonal President Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri, District President Anantnag Altaf Kaloo, District President Kulgam Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi, Reyaz Khan, Advocate Abbas Dar visited Sarnal, Anantnag where they paid glowing floral tributes on the grave of party veteran Late Mirza Muhammad Afzal Beg on his death anniversary.

The leaders also offered Fatiha Khwani on the occasion.