SRINAGAR: Opposition National Conference today said the PDP-BJP coalition government is resorting to “all means” to dilute Article 370 of the Constitution, which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and warned any such “misadventure” would be met with stiff resistance by the party and the people of the state.
Arguing that granting State Subject rights to West Pakistan Refugees is tantamount to diluting the law, Mattu termed as “ridiculous” PDP leader and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar’s statement yesterday that false and contrived impressions were being created regarding the change of their status.
“It clearly implies the state government does not apply its mind to ascertain facts before issuing baseless statements that try to deflect responsibility from the alliance’s nefarious designs,” he said.
“Akhtar would be well served to read the statement of his alliance partner BJP’s state president Sat Sharma where he had clearly stated the decision to issue domicile certificates to WPRs was only the first step towards granting them full citizenship and property rights,” the NC spokesman said.
“While we have always empathised and will continue to empathise with the (WPRs), granting them State Subject rights is tantamount to diluting the law and leaving it meaningless.