Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday warned that the state’s relationship with the Delhi will be jeopardized if Article 370 of the Constitution is revoked.
“BJP has failed on all fronts be it addressing growing unemployment, farmers distress, or inflation. They have nothing good to show in their report card to people and that is why they (BJP) are repeatedly talking about scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35-A,” Mehbooba told reporters in Srinagar.
She said both Article 370 and Article-35 A are foundation of the accession of J&K with Union of India.
“These articles provide special position to J&K in Union of India. If there is any tinkering to these Articles, the relationship of J&K with Union of India will be jeopardized. If you break that position, then people of J&K will have to rethink whether we would even want to stay with you (India) without conditions,” she said.
Mehbooba attributed the less voting percentage in south Kashmir to deaths, which occurred in the region in past three years.
“Due to prevailing situation in south Kashmir, where election boycott saw maximum impact, the voter turnout was less,” she said.
Whether boycott will help the other political parties other than PDP, she said only time will tell that.
PDP chief is in a tough contest in south Kashmir’s parliamentary seat with Congress chief G A Mir and NC’s Husnain Masoodi, a retired High Court judge. Polling will be held in three phases in south Kashmir Parliament constituency.