Srinagar: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal said that BJP Government in the “center is a reality” and the political formations in J&K State have to acknowledge this reality and take steps to constructively engage with it.
He also suggested that a delegation of all political parties from the state should immediately call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share with him the concerns regarding abrogation of Article 35A and Article 370.
JKPM chief underscored the need to build a political consensus on various constitutional issues confronting the State of J&K.
“BJP Government in the center is a reality and the political formations in J&K State have to acknowledge this reality and take steps to constructively engage with it. If the issue is gender discrimination then central government can be assured that the popular government in the State should be allowed to propose necessary amendments to Article 35A instead of wiping out the entire article against the wishes of the people,” he said.
“Similarly if the issue is Article 370 hampering investments in the State, which basically is not true at all, but even then to further ease the perception, necessary provisions can be incorporated into the State Land Grants Act for leasing out land to non-state subject investors for business, industrial and educational purposes. Again this has to be done at the State level and the central government should be requested to stay away and assured that after a due political consensus such anomalies will be corrected without compromising on the special status of the State,” argued Shah Faesal.
Shah Faesal asked all state – based political parties to realise that there was an existential threat that could only be countered by uniting and speaking in one voice.
“In the upcoming Assembly elections political parties will have to come together for the larger cause of protecting the special status of the State and prevail upon the GoI to avoid further disturbance in the region. There is an urgent need to revive dialogue process and resume developmental activity in the State to compensate for the mayhem of past few years. It is possible only if the mandate of the people goes in right hands and there is a consensus on various issues,” the statement added.