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Article 35-A: After local polls, NC warns will boycott assembly, LS polls

The remarks come from NC president Farooq Abdullah who said that NC was not running away from polls but wanted the Centre to do justice with the people of J&K and protect state's special position

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. File photo
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. File photo

Days after the Conference announced its decision to not participate in the panchayat and (ULB) elections, the party on Saturday threatened to boycott the assembly and parliamentary polls too if the Centre does not take effective steps for protection of

Article 35-A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of and bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state. It is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court.

"How can we go to our workers and ask them to come out to vote? First, do justice to us and clear your (Centre) stand (on Article 35-A). If your plan is that (weakening Jammu and Kashmir's special position), then our ways are separate. Then we cannot have elections. Not only these (and panchayat) polls, but we will also boycott the assembly and parliamentary elections then," NC president said here.

He was addressing party workers at a function here to mark the 36th death anniversary of his father and NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

The former chief minister said his party was not running away from polls, but wanted the Centre to do justice with the people of first and take effective steps for the protection of the state's special position.

"On one hand they (Centre) want to conduct polls here. On the other hand, they want to revoke Article 35-A, Article 370 has been weakened and there are also attacks on the (Jammu and Kashmir) Constitution," Abdullah said.

He said the Centre and the state government hurriedly announced the ULB and panchayat polls, which will be held next month in four and eight phases respectively.

"First they should have talked to us. They should have called every leader that they plan to conduct polls and asked for our opinion. They did not. The prime minister, like Hitler, announced on 15 August from the Red Fort that elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

The NC president also trained his guns at Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval over his statement that having a separate constitution for was probably an "aberration".

"Their (Centre's) intentions are not right. They never were. The has said that a separate constitution for Jammu and Kashmir is an aberration. I want to tell him from this stage that if the constitution is an aberration, then this accession (of Jammu and Kashmir to India) is also an aberration," he said.

"On one hand they tell us that we are their crown, but on the other hand, they put that crown in their feet So, they have to think. They cannot control this state if they cause any further problems here. If they want this state together with the country, then they should stop what they are doing," Abdullah said.

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First Published: Sat, September 08 2018. 15:31 IST