CM’s ‘Assurance’ on Article 35-A a lie: NC

National Conference on Saturday said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was hand-in-glove with the BJP and other affiliates of the RSS in concerted efforts to strike down Article 35-A and revoke the State’s Special Status.

In a statement issued from Party Head Office in Srinagar, NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar and Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said Mehbooba Mufti’s wishy-washy claim of getting an alleged “assurance” from the Prime Minister stood exposed as a brazen lie by Senior BJP Leaders who have gone on record to say that there has been no change in BJP’s total and complete opposition to Article 35-A and Article 370.

“Post Mehbooba Mufti’s meeting with the Prime Minister, Senior BJP functionaries have made it abundantly clear that BJP will continue to actively seek ways and means to strike down Article 35-A and there had been no change in their stand on the issue. This has yet again exposed Mehbooba Mufti and her party and their inexhaustible reservoir of lies”, the Senior NC leaders said in the statement.

The NC leaders said Mehbooba Mufti’s Government was being used as a political vehicle for the constitutional erosion of J&K’s special status. “It is Mehbooba Mufti and PDP who have facilitated this assault on Article 35-A. PDP’s ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ has been thrown into the dustbin by the BJP. BJP has formally distanced itself from every single promise made by both parties in the document. It is ridiculous and laughable that Mehbooba Mufti still refers to this disowned, abandoned and meaningless scam of a document”, the Senior NC leaders added.

“National Conference will not hesitate to protest in every nook and corner of the State if the PDP-BJP Government continues with its nefarious plan to attack the State’s Special Status. We are reaching out and spreading awareness about the disastrous repercussions of any misadventure on Article 35-A and will work with civil society groups, traders’ associations and all likeminded organisations to mount a united and strong opposition to such evil designs by the Mehbooba Mufti Government”, the NC Leaders said.

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