Restoration of Art 370, Statehood Our Priority: Dr Farooq

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah Thursday said that entire region was at a breaking point due to the aftermath of the August 5 measures, predatory effects of the Covid-19 induced crises and the ravaging impact of severe weather conditions on horticulture and allied sectors.

“People of the state are caught in a deadly quagmire of economic and political uncertainty. Administrative unaccountability and development stagnation have become the norm of the day. The mislaid rules, regulations, and off-hand orders have put Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh on the path of terminal alienation", Dr. Farooq said while presiding over a virtual meeting of the party’s provincial Committee members.

The meeting lasted for five hours and was attended by party Vice President Omar Abdullah besides others.

While interacting with the provincial functionaries, the Party president said, "It is the youth that are facing the major brunt of the unconcerned attitude of the incumbent government. Nobody other than us in the National Conference can realize the amount of beleagurement; Jammu and Kashmir has suffered at the hands of the present ruling regime, since it was the National Conference which had firmly established the state on democratic and constitutional foundations".

He further said, "Our priority will remain the restoration of Statehood and restoration of Articles 370, 35-A".

Omar Abdullah in his interaction with the provincial members and special invitees said the party hasn’t accepted August 5 measures as fait accompli. “We haven’t changed our stance on the measures of August 5. We haven’t relinquished our peaceful, constitutional, and non violent battle for the restoration of our constitutional rights. We will fight prudently. Our agenda based on integrity and service remains unchanged as well.”

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