Article 370 essential until J&K's final resolution: Farooq

National Conference president and Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said annulling Articles 370 and 35-A will tantamount to a constitutional coup.

Addressing a workers convention here in north Kashmir Dr Farooq said, “Article 370 is essential and unassailable until the final resolution of the state is reached to.”

He said, “Powers in New Delhi are frightened of National Conference. The very thought of NC coming back to power sends jitters through them. They are well aware of the fact that until NC remains in the State it will painstakingly protect the interests of the state. They are frightened of us.  Anxious and unnerved, New Delhi has employed various henchmen in the state to thwart the efforts of NC towards protecting the special status of our state,” he said.

The NC president while underscoring the need of rallying round the flag of the party said, “Today we see some parties coming up in every alley of Kashmir. You all have to remain very cautious about their nefarious designs. They are the agents and second in-command of New Delhi in the state. Their sole mission is to frustrate the efforts aimed at protecting the interests of the state.  At present we see them tricking people through high-sounding statements. You all should remain cautious about their trickery. They are here to add colors to the nefarious designs of those forces as are inimical to our special status. If they have had a speck of concern for the interests of the state, they would have assisted National Conference in its efforts to protect the special constitutional position of the state. However, they cannot. They are here to serve the interests of New Delhi only and not the state.”

The NC president said, “Not even a single day passes, when we don’t hear our enemies cry about the temporality of the Art 370. Yes, the Art was deemed to be temporary unless the issue of the state was not resolved. However, the issue is still lingering around; therefore the Article 370 will continue to remain around. The accession of the state took place in unusual circumstances. The Maharaja who was rather vacillating then did not want to accede to any of the two dominions. He wanted the erstwhile state to remain free.  However that didn’t happen, he had to make a choice in extra ordinary circumstances. Keeping in view the special circumstances, Article 370 was added to the constitution of India. The Art will remain as it is until the final resolution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is not reached to. That resolution hasn’t been reached yet. So until the issue is solved, no power on earth can touch the Article 370. The uneducated rants of those who want to obliterate Art 370 are far-fetched, fanciful and devoid of any genuineness,” he said adding, “We are fighting for our rights. Our struggle is based on principles. We are seeking our rights. It is people of the state from whom we draw our energy, and we will continue with our mission.”

Referring to Art 35-A  Dr Farooq said that the Art 35-A was the fall out of the Art 370 and fiddling with it will upset all the successive amendments to the presidential of 1954. “If Art 35-A is annulled, then all the successive presidential orders will get annulled automatically. It was the then Maharaja who gave the state subject rights to the people of state in 1927,” he said adding, “it is the prime duty of the NC workers, functionaries to apprise the people living in towns and villages about the impending threats on our special position.  The need of the hour calls for making people alert about the consequences of repealing Art 370, Art 35-A.”

While highlighting the “supreme sacrifices” of the party workers, he said, “Our worker is the back bone of our party. It is the sheer resolve of our workers that keeps us going. I remember how one of our brave hearts, GhulamRasool Sahib laid his live for the ideals of the party. I pay earnest tributes to him. Our state is facing onslaught on its interests from all sides, the need of the hour calls for forging unity. We all have to unite our efforts to protect the special position of our state.”   

Among others Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Muhammad Akbar lone, HasnainMasoodi, Nasir AslamWani, Muhammad RamzanChoudhary, Mir Saifullah, QaisarJamsheed lone, ShariefUd Din Shariq, Farooq Shah, G R Naz, ShafkatWatali, Salam Ud Din Bajad, Rafiq Shah addressed the workers and impressed upon them to increase their engagement with the people.

Earlier the NC president visited the Darbar e Aliya Yonisiya, Awoora, Kupwara following the three day annual urs observance. He paid obeisance at the shrine.

Later a party convention was organised at Langate which was presided by General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar. He stressed on workers to take party programme to every section of the society. Party Provincial President Nasir AslamWani, party functionaries also present.