Protecting unity, integrity of J&K primary goal of NC: Farooq

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/8/2019 9:43:30 AM

SRINAGAR, June 7: National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah today asserted that protecting the unity and integrity of the state was the primary goal of the party besides materialising the idea of a welfare state as enshrined in ‘Naya Kashmir’ document.
He was addressing scores of delegations and individuals who had thronged the residence of party vice president Omar Abdullah. “The primary goal of the party is to protect the territorial integrity, identity, special status and the pluralistic visage of the state. The party has always rendered immense sacrifices for the protection of the interests of our state. However, the situation we are facing today is far more perilous. Forces as have traditionally been dead set against the special constitutional position of the state are contriving their level best to obliterate Article 370 and Article 35-A; however, our party will not allow any such gambit to materialize," Farooq said. He added that NC party will continue to tread the path that was taken by it in 1931. "Our agenda is pretty clear and unambiguous; it is to work towards the socio, political and economic emancipation of the people of the state. Our vision of development is not impaired by the bug of fanaticism, bigotry and regionalism. We have traditionally worked for every section of the society. We will continue to work with the same passion," NC president said.
While instilling confidence into the party workers, Farooq said that Article 370, Article 35-A were the articles of faith for the party. “The articles are as necessary and pivotal for Jammu and Ladakh regions as they are for Kashmir. These articles besides sanctifying the constitutional bond between the state and the centre protect the rich culture of all the regions of the state. Above and beyond that the articles protect the exclusive right of the people living in all the regions of the state in jobs, scholarships. If the articles are done away with the youth of the state notwithstanding which region of the state they belong to will be snatched of their exclusive right over the jobs, scholarships in the state," he said.
Farooq stated that the local youth of the state will find it very difficult to get admissions in the colleges and universities of the state. "However, if we continue to forge unity amongst ourselves no one would dare to touch it. The need of the hour calls for joining our efforts for the protection of the special status of the state. The way people have reposed their faith in the party during the parliament elections shows that the people of the state deem it able to shoulder the mission of protecting the interests of the state. I am sure that with the active support of people the party will put up a strong front against those forces are hell bent to destroy the identity of the state,” he said.



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