BANDIPORA The National Conference (NC) would not allow any attacks on Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and would seek restoration of terms of accession of the state, including the provision for ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ (president) and prime minister posts, party vice-president Omar Abdullah said on Monday.
Addressing a public meet at Bandipora in north Kashmir, the former chief minister said Jammu and Kashmir’s accession with the Union of India was accomplished in lieu of various constitutional safeguards for the state and if these are tampered with, the entire scheme of accession will be under question.
“We are not like any another state of India. Every other state got merged with the Union of India. We joined our hands with the Union on certain conditions unlike other states of India. Does any other state in India have its own flag and constitution? Our handshake with Indian Union was subject to certain conditions,” he said.
Omar Abdullah said after 70 years, forces as are inimical to the state’s special status, were trying to backtrack from the conditions.
“The move will also initiate debate on the fundamentals of accession, there is no second thought about it. It takes two hands to clap,” he said, adding, New Delhi had gradually eroded the state’s special status “but we will take back what you have snatched from us.”
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