JK’s special status cannot be tampered: Saroori

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Thathri, Aug 30: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice president and MLA Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori today said that the special status of J&K (Article 370 and 35-A) are enshrined in the Constitution and it cannot be tampered with or removed.
The MLA Inderwal was addressing a meeting here at Dak Bungalow Thathri.
Saroori said it is an article of faith, identity and all of us without any caste, color, creed and politics will and shall fight to protect Article 35A. If the article is tinkered with, the fallout will be disastrous and we shall give our life to protect the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said that regional parties were beneficiary and mainly responsible for the Kashmir problem. He said resolution of Kashmir and restoration of trust between the State and the rest of the country should get priority to achieve over all development and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the mistrust was the result of the U-turn and flip flop of State’s premier political regional forces and the BJP.
“The regional parties set up different counters at different times to suit their personal interests of parties. But in 1975, 2014 they did a complete volt face to get power and propounded the ominous ‘wavelength with Centre theory’ to seal the sellout of rivers, power projects, identity of the state,” Saroori maintained and added that the political instability has only helped to keep accountability and democratic competition out of the system which impacted many generations in J&K and helped vested interest cultivated and represented by regional parties. Soon after losing power these regional parties realizes, remembers the problems of the people.
Saroori also asked party cadres in Thathri to prepare for Municipality polls, which are likely to be held in October and said that Congress party would always remain steady on its principles of secularism, and equality for all & equitable development of all three regions of the State. He exhorted party workers to strengthen the booth units and gear up for all kinds of electoral battles in near future.
On the occasion many deputations also met Saroori and appraised him day to day problems. SDM Thathri, Mohd Anwar Banday, Block Congress Committee Thathri was also present on the occasion.
He said the he has formulated comprehensive plans under PHE, PDD, R&B, PMGSY, Education, sectors to meet the developmental aspirations of the people of the sub-division. He also gave on spot directions to SDM Thathri for redressal of people’s demands in a time bond manner. He said that many more projects are in pipeline for the sub-division Thathri including blacktopping on Thathri to Cheera, Thathri to Kathava roads, Rs 2.5 crores for the construction of girls hostel in Thahtri have already been sanctioned. He also assured the people that all their genuine demands and development needs would be fulfilled in a phased manner.
Saroori said that the Congress Government led by Ghulam Nabi Azad took exemplary measures to improve the living standard in whole state, adding that for this purpose people want to see Azad’s era again and wanted him to come back in state politics. He said Azad’s tenure as Chief Minister J&K was a golden period in the history of state. He urged them to extend their whole hearted cooperation to the Congress in the future elections which will develop every nook and corner of the Chenab Valley on modern lines. He said that provision for adequate drinking water facilities, better roads, improved power, quality education and accommodation to the students besides better lanes and drains will be paid focused attention in Congress led government.