KEA Warns New Delhi Against Fiddling With Article 370, Article-35A

SRINAGAR — Cautioning BJP led government of serious consequences over fiddling with Article 370 and Article- 35A, the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) on Wednesday said New Delhi was treading path of East India Company (EIC) by ‘exploiting and loot­ing’ natural resources in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Reports said that dozens of members of KEA, an amalgam of 16 trade bodies, assembled at Press Colony here this morning and staged an anti-government demonstration. The protesters led by Chair­man KEA, Mohammad Yusuf Chapri accused India of walk­ing into the footsteps of British EIC by ‘exploiting and looting’ natural resources of Kashmir.

“New Delhi wants to ex­ploit and loot our natural re­sources. The privatisation of power sector and giving pow­er projects to non-local firms amounts to an assault on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. We won’t tolerate any assault on special pro­visions like Article 370 and Article-35A,” Chapri said.

For last five decades, Cha­pri said New Delhi has been ‘plundering’ natural resourc­es of Kashmir, be it moun­tains, forests or water. The ‘unabated loot’ he said will not be tolerated anymore.

“Even after a gap of 30 years, NHPC has not been handed to the state govern­ment. We have a genuine right over the power proj­ects. These power projects are created by using resourc­es belonging to every Kash­miri,” KEA Chairman said.

He said when the state government can create and operate power projects; there was no need to rope in non-locals firms for generat­ing more power supply.

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