Our Resignations Will Not Bring Special Status Back’: NC MP 

NC leader and Member Parliament Akbar Lone

Srinagar: A senior National Conference (NC) leader and Member of Parliament says resigning from parliament as a mark of protest against August 5 decisions of the Central government will not help J&K get back its special status or even statehood.

“What difference our (NC MPs) resignation will make. It will be a sort of protest only if we resign. But we have contested polls and people have elected us”, said Mohammad Akbar Lone NC MP from Baramulla.

He said the three NC MP’s had adopted other ways to register protest against the abrogation of Article 370.

NC has three MPs comprising party patron Dr Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoodi besides Lone.

“If our resignation would make any difference, we will do that. But it will not. The resignation of three NC MPs is a solution to nothing,” Lone said in an interview to a local news agency KINS.

He said their resignation would not bring statehood or special status back. “If it can, we are ready to resign. But if it cannot, what is the fun to tender it (resignation),” he said.

Upset over downgrading of Jammu and Kashmir to the status of a Union Territory following abrogation of Article 370, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said he will not contest assembly elections till full statehood is restored.

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