Srinagar, Sep 8 : National Conference president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah has threatened the Narendra Modi government that his party will boycott the upcoming panchayat and local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir unless the Modi government at the Centre clear its stand on Article 35 A, which provides special rights to the restive state’s citizens. Further said “for people of Jammu and Kashmir , India-Pakistan friendship is essential.”
“Unless and until the government of India and state government clear their position in the regard and take effective steps for the protection of Article 35A in and outside court, the NC will not participate in the elections,’’ Abdullah said after the meeting of the party’s core group.
Announcing the decision, NC president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah said his party will fight tooth and nail all the sinister attempts aimed at interfering with the constitutional guarantee in any manner what so ever.
Further favoring friendly India-Pakistan ties, Abdullah said, ” Manner in which media targeted Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu shows there are elements which don’t want India-Pakistan relations to improve. There’s vested interest, both in India and Pakistan, which don’t want peace in both countries. But for people of Jammu and Kashmir , India-Pakistan friendship is essential.”