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BJP’s promise to abrogate Art 370 only hoax, aimed to fool voters: Soz

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Srinagar, Apr 13: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, Prof. Saifuddin Soz Saturday said that the promise to abrogate Article 370 by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was only a hoax, aimed to fool voters.

“There is a stake in my library where the BJP Manifestos for 1998, 2004, 2009, 2014 & 2019 are in a Pile! All Manifestos assert that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution would be abrogated. The hoax had been maneuvered for the gullible voters to be hoodwinked for winning a particular election!” Soz said in a statement issued.

One can understand Amit Shah’s compulsion to decide 2019 results in his mind, he said, adding that Amit Shah and the likes of him in the RSS/BJP, know fully that Article 370 can neither be abrogated nor amended, against the will of the people of J&K State.

 

“The strangest part of this electoral game has been that a sane man like Atal Behari Vajpayee too had been made part to this meaningless and misleading narrative! The moot point is that Modi-Amit Shah duo and other die-hard elements in the RSS/BJP camp are desperately raising a rhetoric which has been woven together with a deeply divisive and communal propaganda, has already caused harm to a secular and pluralistic polity that India had to be!,” he added.

“How much harm the democratic and secular institutions of Indian polity have suffered during BJP/RSS dispensation, will be known only when this dispensation is out. It is a very unfortunate situation for India!,” Soz said.

Senior Congress leader further stated that some knowledgeable people still believe that late Kanshi Ram’s “Social Engineering” is at work in the States like UP and Bihar, where Dalits, Yadavs, Jats, other economically backward sections and minorities have started working on a ‘Formula of Togetherness.’

“Many members of the national opposition feel convinced that this Formula will work in Election- 2019! Let us see what happens,” he added.


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Govt committed to revive pristine glory of water bodies: Div Com

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that government is committed to revive the pristine glory of water bodies in Kashmir valley.

The Divisional Commissioner said this while taking stock of revival measures for Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands at a meeting here.

He directed WUCMA to conduct a survey with Wildlife and Revenue authorities in peripheral areas of the Wular Lake for identification of encroached spots.

For Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama districts were directed to prepare a complete demarcation and encroachment report of the wetlands within 20 days.

It was said that concerned Deputy Commissioners will conduct an outer tour of the water bodies along with officers, Panchayats and Municipal Committees and propose a separate land fill site for dumping solid waste on scientific lines.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to involve local Panchayats for safeguarding and conservation of water bodies.

Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Wildlife Warden, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

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Govt inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu & Kashmir

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Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said  development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.

 
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How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi

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How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.

“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.

“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.

“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.

He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.

“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.

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