BJP playing dirty game over Article 370: Omar Says NC-Cong to strengthen State-Centre ties

BJP playing dirty game over Article 370: Omar Says NC-Cong to strengthen State-Centre ties

Banihal: Castigating Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over raising the false boggy of revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that BJP has developed a trait to deceive people on this issue when elections come nearer. The Article 370 of the Constitution of India provides special status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir.“We the people of Jammu and Kashmir categorically tell them that revocation of Article 370 is not possible at all and any attempt by anyone on this sensitive issue would be on our dead bodies”, Omar said, adding that during the six and a half years tenure of BJP Government at the Centre, it has not even a single time talked about this issue.“BJP only raises the issue of Article 370 when elections are in sight”, he said and challenged this party to dare to touch Article 370 which has established Jammu and Kashmir relations with the Union of India. “You have to do it on our dead bodies”, he asserted. According to Global News Service, Omar while speaking after the inaugural function of Banihal-Qazigund Railway Tunnel said that National Conference and Congress would foil all attempts to weaken the State-Central relations. “The relation between Jammu and Kashmir and Union of India has been established through Article 370 by the then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Late Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Prime Minister of India, Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.” He said NC and Congress would work jointly to further cement and strengthen these relations. “There may be some differences on certain political issues between National Conference and Congress in the State but both parties are firm to strengthen the ties between Jammu and Kashmir and the Union of India through Article 370 and nurture the nationalist forces in the State.” Chief Minister said the 11.9 kilometer long tunnel across Pir Panchal to join Banihal of Jammu Division with the Qazigund of Kashmir Province has established the physical relation of the State with the country. “It has not only linked the areas and the regions but the hearts as well.” The Chief Minister said that the linking of Banihal with Kashmir through railway has opened new vistas of tourism, trade and commerce besides enhancing opportunities of jobs and economic activities for the people living here. He said it will also open up this area for all round development. “Today is an historic occasion for the people of Jammu and Kashmir who had always thought of travelling across Pir Panchal through railway,” he said adding that in his childhood he also dreamt about the same and expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi for inaugurating the railway line. Omar Abdullah while predicting the return of UPA-3 in power at the Centre after general elections in 2014 expressed hope that both Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson would come again to the State to inaugurate the Banihal-Katra railway link to realize the dream of Late Indira Gandhi “to connect Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the Country through railways”. Among others who were present on the occasion include J&K Ministers, Abdul Majid Wani, Vikar Rasool, Parliament Members Ambika Soni, Dr Mehboob Beg, Ch. Lal Singh, Dy Speaker Mohammad Sartaj Madni, Legislators, Chairman Railway Board Vinay Mittal and senior officers from Centre and State were present on the occasion. The Governor, N N Vohra, Union Minister for Railways, Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister for Health, Ghulam Nabi Azad, President Pradesh Congress Committee and Parliament Member, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz were also present on the occasion. (GNS)

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