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Will restore Art 370 to ‘pristine form’: Sajad

Jammu, Dec 23: Peoples Conference Chief Sajad Gani Lone, a staunch supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party, Sunday pledged to safeguard and restore constitutionally granted special status of Jammu and Kashmir to its original form.

“We are committed to safeguarding Article 35-A and Article 370 from any further erosion and will support all sincere efforts to restore the state’s special status to its pristine form,” he said.

Referring to NC and PDP, he said it was imperative to “expose their active role in the erosion of Article 370 till now” and will come up white paper.

“They were co-conspirators in every single script and machination launched against the state’s special status. We will come up with a factual detailed white paper clearly exposing their devious role”, Lone said while welcoming fresh entrants to his party at Jammu.

The fresh entrants including former MLA Zanskar Muhammad Baqir Rizvi, former PDP spokesperson and a prominent leader from Bani Constituency Abhijeet Jasrotia, Nitin Jamwal, Parshotam Kumar, Ashish Pandita, Advocate Abrar Ahmed Khan and Advocate Irfan Inqlabi were welcomed at a function in Jammu.

PC president Sajad Gani Lone said that the party believes that “J&K is a diverse mix of heterogeneous expectation and that the party would strive to deliver on these expectations with utmost sincerity and conviction”.

Senior Peoples’ Conference leader Imran Reza Ansari, who was present on the occasion, welcomed the new entrants and said the party is rapidly emerging as an alternative and would fight the traditional system of “tyranny, corruption and monopoly” in all the three regions.

“The twin regional parties who – keeping all their cosmetic differences at bay – have come together in an alliance of opportunism and greed in the State to prolong their familial monopoly. This monopoly has been a source of great suffering and misery for people in all the three regions of the State and we will fight against the NC-PDP alliance by delivering much needed change based on the empowerment of the traditionally disempowered sections”, said Ansari.

Speaking on the occasion, Sajad Gani Lone said that his party would ensure that all the three regions of the state unite under a common goal to usher into an era of good governance, peace and amity.

“We are committed to delivering on the heterogeneous expectations of people from the three regions of the state. Our focus is to empower dedicated, grassroots voices and leaders in all the three regions and create a cohesive, coherent political alternative to the traditional twin-party politics of theatrics, lies and hypocrisy. You will see the party strengthening its presence in every constituency of the State”, Lone added.

“The twin regional dynasts came together with a single purpose to fight against the emerging alternative – which they naturally consider a threat to their monopolistic system of exploitation, corruption and loot,” he said.

The new entrants pledged to strengthen the party at the grassroots level in all the three regions of the State and said the mission of ushering the State into a corrective era of change was a “sacred cause that would define the future of our coming generations”.