The National Conference won’t participate in any political process until Article 370 has been restored in Jammu & Kashmir along with its statehood, senior leader of the party, Mustafa Kamal, has announced. In an exclusive interview with IANS, the brother of Farooq Abdullah announced that the party won’t take part in political processes that do not serve the interests of the people of J&K.
“They demolished the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. We can not take part in any political process in this system,” he stated. “New Delhi will like to manipulate us for changing the demography of Jammu & Kashmir and enslave the people.” Kamal also said that Article 370 was removed to alter the ‘Muslim-majority character’ of the state and make way for “demographic change”. He also said that his party won’t demand the extension of Article 371 to J&K either. Article 371 has special arrangement for some states, mostly from northeastern region.
“We don’t want Article 371, those who want it, let them take it,” Kamal said. “They are talking about a third front, let them go with it, National Conference will not change its position.” He also said that he faith in the Supreme Court. “Our leaders met with (then) Governor Satya Pal Malik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both denied the Article was being revoked,” he said. Kamal remained optimistic that international pressure was mounting on India and that the current situation could not continue forever. Asserting that the senior Abdullah will not settle for a compromise, he said, “Farooq Abdullah has always stuck to his principles, why would he change his stand now?”
Article 370 and Article 35A, which gave a separate status to Jammu and Kashmir was abolished by the union government in August this year. Along with that, the state was bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.