SRINAGAR – Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ‘Mission 44+’ is nothing than a hidden agenda for weakening the socio-political status of Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister and National Conference working president – Omar Abdullah – Friday said that BJP has a plan to change the demography of the state.
Omar, while continuing the election campaign at various areas of Srinagar city, cautioned people that BJP under the garb of Mission 44+ was actually aiming to ‘weaken or remove the state subject law’ which provides a special status to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir. “It’s not that BJP is eyeing the 44+ seats of the legislative assembly but their actual mission is to erode the special status enjoyed by the state and they want to begin with the state subject law,” Omar cautioned “By the virtue of which they will try to erode the identity, the multi-pluralistic culture and the Kashmiriyat of the state.”
He warned that removing the state subject law will enable people from other states of India to purchase land and property in the state, which will eventually end up changing the demography of the state and turning the majority population into minority.
Omar said Mission 44+ is the extended version of BJP’s ideology which is entirely based on “Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan aur Ek Nishan” (one country, one constitution, and one national emblem) and their aim is only to weaken the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. “People of Jammu and Kashmir are well versed with the divisive, sectarian and regional bias nurtured by BJP since its inception,” he said.
Omar said NC is the only party that guarantees to protect the special status, state’s own flag and own constitution and people should vote for NC candidates in huge numbers to protect their identity.
He said no power on earth can revoke Article 370 which is the foundation and basis of the relationship between the state and the rest of country. “The revocation of article 370 will weaken the integrity of the country and pose a serious threat to the peace in state. But BJP is adamant on revoking this article and PDP is ready to help them to realise this dream,” Omar said.
He further said whenever the Legislative Assembly discussed important social, political and economic developmental issues pertaining to the state in the last six years to give a fillip to the process of progress, the PDP legislators preferred remaining absent from the House and tried their best to sabotage the proceedings of the Legislature.
“In line with these facts, it was Mufti Sayeed who brought the Women’s Rights bill and Transfer of Property bill in the legislative assembly that were the first overt steps to weaken the constitution of the state. Even then, National Conference opposed these moves tooth and nail,” he said.
Omar was campaigning for the National Conference candidates inside various areas of the city which include Wethpora, Wethpora zoo, Lasjan, Panthachowk, Khanmoh, Zevan, Brane, Karpora, Manzgam, Dhangpora, Khadi Mohalla Ishber, and Theed.
Lashing out at President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah for falsifying facts about the amount released for the flood victims, Omar said Shah should see the magnitude of these floods and Rs 1700 crore isn’t even enough to raise the basic infrastructure in the state. “If Shah is actually concerned about Kashmiris and their sufferings, what is stopping his government from approving the Rs 44,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims?” he asked.
He said rather than being serious about the miseries of the flood victims, the central government with the help PDP and congress imposed elections on us and NC otherwise wanted to contests the elections in March-April, so that to work effectively for the rehabilitation of the flood victims. “We could never imagine foisting elections on a devastated people who were sleeping under the open sky and whose homes were shattered. PDP and BJP are two sides of the same coin when it comes to their lack of empathy and ruthlessness towards the flood victims,” he said.