Srinagar | May 14 : National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said will note on biddable leaders who are reinventing its mission to erode what 370 Article. He said this in a day long conclave at NC Headquarters in Srinagar on Saturday
“I have personally witnessed how a long-existing lobby in New Delhi has used pliant leaders and regimes in the State to erode Article 370 and rob the State of its constitutionally guaranteed Internal Autonomy – one step at a time. This is a chronicle of betrayals and breach of faith that started with the deposition and incarceration of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and continues to this day. At every juncture in our history, this lobby in New Delhi has used pliant leaders and co-opting regimes in the State to inflict irrevocable damage on Article 370. Today we see the efforts of this lobby manifest in the form of the extension of NFSA and NEET to the State while the PDP-BJP Government is peddling an ‘Industrial Policy’ which is glaringly conspicuous in its ambiguity on the question of non-State-subject investors and promoters. What others did between 1953 and 1975, PDP is following suit and re-enacting the same master-servant opportunistic relationship that has wreaked havoc with our State”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said while addressing prominent lawyers from across the Valley.
“I clearly remember how New Delhi impulsively rejected the Autonomy resolution that we passed in the Legislative Assembly without even bothering to review and analyze its constitutional validity and feasibility. It was at this juncture in history that New Delhi felt the need to prop up another regional party in the State to sabotage our demand for the restoration of Internal Autonomy. Today that regional party is dutifully helping New Delhi in the extension of central laws and examinations to the State without a word of opposition or disagreement. They are repaying New Delhi’s political investment in them since the past two decades and we cannot afford to not remain vigilant about these internal foes and Trojan Horses”, Dr. Farooq stated.
Asking the legal fraternity to leave no stone unturned to defend Article 370 and the State’s special status, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said our lawyers should continue to fight for the legal rights of our people with courage and determination. “You have the legal acumen and the knowledge to foil these attempts to undermine the State’s autonomy and rob what remains of Article 370. We saw how the judiciary stood up to the Central Government in Uttarakhand and upheld the sanctity of democracy and the constitution and this is something that should inspire all of us. National Conference will strengthen its legal cell and be in constant coordination with the legal fraternity in the common mission of safeguarding the State’s political rights and status”, Dr. Farooq added.
On this occasion the National Conference Legal Cell passed a resolution pledging to safeguard the State’s Special Status as provided in Article 370 of the Indian Constitution at all costs and to foil all efforts being engineered to erode the autonomy available to the State. The NC Legal Cell also resolved to leave no stone unturned to restore the State’s Internal Autonomy as it existed prior to 1953 and also supported the resolution passed for the restoration of Autonomy in the Legislative Assembly in the year 2000. The NC Legal Cell resolved to protect the rights of the people of the State guaranteed under the State’s constitution and laws.
The one-day lawyers’ conclave was also attended by NC General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar, NC Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Party Vice President Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, and NC Provincial Secretary Advocate Showkat Ahmed Mir. The welcome address was delivered by Senior Advocate, Advocate Mohammad Ishaq Qadri. Senior lawyers and members of the NC Legal cell including Advocates Shahid Ali Shah, Abas Hamid, Abdul Aziz Teli, Mohammad Shafi Shaheen, Shabir Ahmed Kulay, Hilal Akbar Lone and Abdul Rashid Lone also participated in the conclave and addressed the gathering. Various party leaders of the parent and youth wing were also present.
2015 Kashmir Despatch