Jammu should vote against divisive BJP: Farooq Abdullah

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 20:51 IST

President of National Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah said people should vote in large number to defeat the divisive agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In a message to people of Jammu from London, Dr Farooq Abdullah appealed the people of the Jammu region "to defeat the divisive agenda of communal parties such as the BJP, who are bent upon to destroy the secular fabric of the state."

In his message, he added that the huge turnout was a hint for the BJP to know that people in Jammu and Kashmir do not support the communal agenda of any party.

Lashing out hard at the BJP and the PDP, Farooq said these political parties do not want an everlasting peace in Kashmir.

"They (BJP and PDP) don't want that Kashmiris should have one voice. They firmly believe that politicians should be produced from every home in Kashmir so that to curb the genuine voice of the people," Farooq claimed.
He said those talking of safeguarding the rights of people of the state were the first ones instrumental in eroding the autonomy of the state.

"Over the years, our constitution was eroded, followed by eroding Article 370. Important constitutional positions like Sadr-i-Riyasat (President), a separate passport from Lakhanpora to Ladakh and many other constitutional privileges were eroded by these very people," he said.

He said the BJP follows a communal agenda and in connivance with their offshoot, PDP, tried to set ablaze the whole state in the 2008 agitation.

"The BJP and PDP pitted people of Jammu against Kashmir and flared up the communal tension in the state in 2008. And it was because of these parties that the relations between both regions were strained," alleged Farooq.
He said those daydreaming about revoking the Article 370 from the state should know that the Article 370 was the foundation and basis of the relationship between the state and the rest of country and no power in the world could revoke it.

"I hope people of Jammu will also take part in the democratic process in large numbers to defeat the divisive agenda of certain parties," said Dr Farooq.

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