Beerwah, Apr 3: India is not doing justice to the people of Kashmir but it cannot suppress them with its military might, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said Wednesday, asserting that the Centre will have to return the people’s right guaranteed by the Constitution.
“India is not doing justice with us. Had it done justice, we would not have seen the situation we are in. I want to tell (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, do justice with our people. We do not seek anything else than our rights. We do not seek what is yours, but what is our right,” said Abdullah here, referring to the state’s special status.
He was addressing workers’ convention in Beerwah assembly segment. The former Union minister said there was no other option for New Delhi than to return the rights of the people of Kashmir one day.
“We seek the rights of the people of the state which you have taken away. If you think you can suppress us with your Army, you have a misconception. We cannot be suppressed. “You will have to return our rights one day. Whether I stay alive or not, a day will come when they (New Delhi) will have to give us our rights as there is no other option,” he said. Abdullah said peace will return to Jammu and Kashmir if the pre-1953 position was restored.
“The NC’s stand is that we have to return to the pre-1953 position because there will be no peace here till then. They (Centre) think they can suppress us. Many have come here to suppress us, but by
“It included Article 370 and Article 35A. Unfortunately, some of our leaders made Article 370 hollow for their personal gains,” he said. Cautioning people to be beware of those leaders, Abdullah said they will only make hollow promises.
“But, if you want to save your dignity and the identity of the state, you should hold this flag (NC flag) and remember this
“This election is your test. Some party leaders rightly say that Farooq Abdullah will go there (Parliament) and challenge India. “That I will tell India that your Constitution protects us fully and if you try to amend that Constitution, then Farooq Abdullah will stand in your way and I will see what you can do,” he said.
Flaying BJP president Amit Shah for his remarks that Modi was walking on the path of former prime minister A B Vajpayee, Abdullah said Shah has a misconception. “No Amit Shah, you have a misconception. Vajpayee was ready to give us autonomy. Where is that ‘
“We want that
“Time has come that we have to build our future. There is such a government in India right now which is dividing people
“The Congress has put few things in their manifesto. I want to tell them that you have already appointed three in the past. Rather than appointing new interlocutors, present the N N Vohra report, Justice Sagheer report and the report of three interlocutors (appointed during the UPA II regime) in the Parliament and you will come to know what we want,” he said