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Abdullah lambastes New Delhi’s version;

Altaf Hamid Rao,

Annulling Art 370, Art 35-A will tantamount to a constitutional coup: Dr Farooq Abdullah,

MIRPUR (AJK):     Occupied Jammu and Kashmir-based National Conference party president and former puppet chief minister of IOK Dr Farooq Abdullah has said annulling Article 370, Article 35-A of the Indian constitution will tantamount to a constitutional coup, saying Art 370 is essential and unassailable until the final settlement of the issue of Jammu & Kashmir State was reached to, says a report reaching here Sunday from across the line of control.

While addressing his party workers at environment park Handwara town on Saturday Abdullah said that powers in New Delhi were frightened of National Conference and the very thought of NC coming back to power sends jitters through them. “They are well aware of the fact that until NC remains in the state it will painstakingly protect the interests of the state. They are frightened of us. Anxious and unnerved, New Delhi has employed various henchmen in the state to frustrate the efforts of NC towards protecting the special status of our state,” he asserted.

Party president who was very vocal in rejecting the attacks on Art 370 said, “Not even a single day passes, when we don’t hear our enemies cry about the temporality of the Art 370. Yes, the Art was deemed to be Temporary unless the issue of the state was not resolved. However, the issue is still lingering around; therefore the Article 370 will continue to remain around. “The “accession” of the state took place in unusual circumstances”, he maintained.

He continued. As saying “The Maharaja who was rather vacillating then did not want to accede to any of the two dominions. He wanted the erstwhile state to remain free (independent). However that didn’t happen, he had to make a choice in extra ordinary circumstances. Keeping in view the special circumstances, Art 370 was added to the constitution of India. The Article will remain as it is until the final resolution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is not reached to. That resolution hasn’t been reached yet. So until the Kashmir issue is solved, no power on earth can touch the article 370. The uneducated rants of those who want to obliterate Art 370 are far-fetched, fanciful and devoid of any genuineness,” he said adding, “we are fighting for our rights. Our struggle is based on principles. We are seeking our rights. It is people of the state from whom we draw our energy, and god willing we will continue with our mission.”

Referring to Art 35-A party president said that the Art 35-A was the fall out of the Art 370 and fiddling with it will upset all the successive amendments to the presidential of 1954. “If Art 35-A is annulled, then all the successive presidential orders will get annulled automatically. It was the then Maharaja who gave the state subject rights to the people of state in 1927,” he said adding, “it is the prime duty of the NC workers, functionaries to apprise the people living in towns and villages about the impending threats on our (Jammu & Kashmir) special status under the Indian constitution for its being an internationally acknowledged disputed territory. The need of the hour calls for making people alert about the consequences of repealing Art 370, Art 35-A.” he said, according to the report.

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