Abrogation Of Art 370 Will Lead To Massive Unrest, Says Farooq

16 November 2014

London: Health woes have kept National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah far away from home but the three-term Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir says his bigger worry today is the BJP's 'sinister' plan to abrogate the state's special status which will lead to 'massive unrest'. For the first time in nearly four decades, the 77-year-old president of the ruling NC, who is in the UK for the past three months for treatment of failing kidneys, is unable to lead his party's campaign in the Assembly elections. 'I am a batsman under treatment but raring to go back to the field,' he said, explaining that he was unlikely to be in a position to go back home before February next, well after the November-December polls. 'But believe me my bigger worry is the known agenda of the BJP to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution which gives our state a special status for which commitments were given by Mahatma Gandhi and by the Government of India.' 'They (BJP) will do anything to achieve their objective. They will polarise this sensitive state as they have done in the rest of the country. They will strike deals with anyone,' Abdullah said. Warning of serious implications of abrogation of Art 370, he said, 'There would be massive unrest in younger minds and we will never achieve peace.' About Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the veteran politician said, 'I do not know whether he can go against the dictates of the RSS on Art 370. It will be a great day for the entire nation when he understands the heartbeats of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.' Criticising BJP's attempts to rope in separatist leader Sajjad Lone, who recently met Modi, Abdullah said, 'People who have been strong supporters of an independent Kashmir are being wooed by the BJP. Were they not the people who created hell in the state?' Abdullah regards the current election as 'very significant' because it will decide the future of the state as to whether Jammu and Kashmir will continue to enjoy autonomy within the Constitution of India or Art 370 will be dismantled. 'My appeal to the people is to forget all differences, all pains and tribulations of the past and stand together against forces determined to dismantle Kashmiriyat,' he said. The former Chief Minister appealed to the separatist Hurriyat Conference not to boycott the election as 'that will not help the situation but will only help those out to abrogate our special status'. He said Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were one state and 'they have to stand together for the future progress of the state'. He said, 'My Hindu brethren not to forget the slogan of NC - Hindu, Muslim, Sikh itehad (unity)' and added, 'It is vital that the secular fabric of the state is not disturbed.' Abdullah urged his party workers to stand behind his son and current Chief Minister Omar in this crucial election. Asked how he rated Omar's performance, the veteran leader said, 'He has done well with all difficulties that come in a coalition government. He has tried to serve the people sincerely and with dedication. He is honest and upright.'