Delhi out to rob what remains of Article 370: Dr Farooq Mehbooba should learn from history
SRINAGAR—National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah has said there were clear indications that a long-existing lobby in New Delhi was re-inventing its mission to erode what remains of the State’s internal autonomy.
Addressing a day-long lawyers’ conclave organized by the party’s legal cell at NC Headquarters here, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said Mehbooba Mufti and her colleagues should draw lessons from history and fear the reprisals of political connivance with forces inimical to the interests of the State.
“I have personally witnessed how a longexisting 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-eKashmir 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 nonState-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”, the former J&K CM said.
Dr. Farooq Abdullah recollected various intrigues unleashed on the State at various junctures in history through various local pliant politicians and said those who had connived against the State and its people had witnessed rejection, resentment and humiliation instead of a political legacy long after they had left this world.
“Mehbooba Mufti should draw lessons from history and see how the people have first disowned and then completely forgotten those pliant leaders who connived against the State’s political rights to remain in power. This tragic silence by those in power on recurring efforts to discredit and disarm the State’s institutions by openly trespassing even into categories that clearly fall in the State List can spell doom for the State. This is not just about NFSA, NEET or the Industrial Policy. There is a larger, more sinister plan to destroy Article 370 by rendering it irrelevant and the legal fraternity is duty-bound to remain vigilant and fight against this subversion of our political rights and honour,” the National Conference President added.—GK