Jammu Muslim Front Backs Gupkar Alliance

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Cong, BJP Trade Barbs Over Special Status Restoration

Jammu: Days after major mainstream parties formed joined hands to fight for restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a prominent Muslim outfit Jammu Muslim Front (JMF) on Saturday announced support to the newly created ‘People’s Alliance’

In a statement issued to media, a JMF spokesperson welcomed the decision of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to unitedly fight for the restoration of the region’s special status under Article 370 and 35A of the constitution. JMF, the spokesperson said stand for the reinstatement of the rights of all residents of the erstwhile state irrespective of any discrimination.

“The coming together of mainstream regional parties of J&K to fight a constitutional battle to restore the rights of the people of state including Ladakh is a welcome step. JMF welcomes the decision of its signatories to name as People’s Alliance for restoration of our rights in the highest court of country,” the spokesperson said.

The Jammu based prominent group also appealed the alliance to increase its ambit and take every section of society in confidence so that in real sense it should be a people’s movement.

Cong, BJP Trade Barbs Over Special Status Restoration

The leaders of Congress and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Saturday exchanged barbs over restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a day after senior Congress leader and former Home Minister P. Chidambaram extended support to newly formed Gupkar alliance.

In a scathing attack on the senior Congress leader, Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina on Saturday alleged that the former Home Minister was toeing the line of China and Pakistan and might have links with the ISI and Naxalites.

He also said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the nation for allowing leaders like Chidambaram and Digvijaya Singh to speak “against the country”.

Reacting to Chidambaram’s statement that the Congress resolutely stands for the restoration of the special status and rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the “arbitrary and unconstitutional” decisions of the Narendra Modi government of August 5, 2019 must be rescinded, Raina said he has a doubt that the former Union minister might have links with Pakistan’s ISI and Naxalites.

“Congressmen have always stabbed the country in its back. Article 370 had given birth to militancy, separatism and a pro-Pakistan ideology and was the main cause for the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Chidambaram is toeing the line of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan’s premier Imran Khan,” Raina said in a video statement uploaded on his Twitter handle.

He alleged that treason runs deep in the blood and DNA of Congressmen.

“When it (Article 370) was uprooted, Jinping and Khan felt the pain and so did Congress leaders Chidambaram and Rahul Gandhi. The statement makes it clear that the Congress is dancing to the tune of China and Pakistan and I have a doubt that Chidambaram might have links with the ISI and Naxalites,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

He said the entire country is watching the “Congress drama” and people would never forgive the party.

“Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the nation because they have committed a great sin by giving the licence to Chidambaram and Digvijaya Singh to speak against the country,” Raina said.

Earlier, Vice President of Pradesh Congress Committee Raman Bhalla claimed that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were fed up with the “bluffs and failures” of the BJP and would teach the saffron party a lesson in the next assembly elections in the Union Territory.

Bhalla also alleged that the BJP had gained power after “betrayal of the mandate” and its experiments cost too much to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who lost their identity as a state besides all safeguards to their land and jobs.

“The people will not spare BJP for its total failure and arbitrary and undemocratic decisions besides imposing heavy taxes, price hike and economic crises and failures on health and medicare during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result people died due to shortage of oxygen in hospitals,” Bhalla alleged.

The Congress leader was part of a party delegation headed by PCC president G A Mir on a tour of Doda and Kishtwar districts, where they visited the house of party colleague and former minister Mohammad Sharief Niaz who died on October 12 and also met party workers and local residents.

“The people are fed up with the bluffs and failures of the BJP and will teach the party a lesson in the next assembly elections. The only achievement of BJP is to create division and hatred in society which has disturbed our age old secular and social fabric,” he claimed and asked the people to maintain their brotherhood and unity and defeat all provocations to disturb peace.

Mir said the Congress focused on giving due political share and faster development of remote and backward areas of Doda and other areas of Chenab region during its government in the erstwhile state and at the Centre.

“It was the Congress which gave due share in political power and ensured faster development on priority basis of the backward and under developed Chenab region,” he said.

Mir said his party would emerge stronger to gain power in the next elections in Jammu and Kashmir and would always give due representation and special focus to the backward and underdeveloped regions of Jammu and Kashmir.


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