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Explain People Of Jammu How Article 35A Repeal Will Benefit Dogras: NC To BJP

The NC said the Article 35A may be anything but not-anti national, as it forms an important ingredient of the Constitution of India.

Explain People Of Jammu How Article 35A Repeal Will Benefit Dogras: NC To BJP
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Explain People Of Jammu How Article 35A Repeal Will Benefit Dogras: NC To BJP
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2017-08-22T20:13:54+05:30

The National Conference (NC) Tuesday asked the BJP to convince the people of Jammu on how repealing of Article 35A will benefit the Dogras and safeguard their interests in the overall context.

 “Instead of indulging in rhetoric and jingoism, the BJP must realise the fall out of removing this constitutional provision, which is detrimental to overall interests of the state in general and the people of Jammu in particular”, NC's provincial president Devender Singh Rana said addressing workers at Kathua. He said posterity will never forgive the BJP if Article 35A is tampered with.

Rana said a growing consciousness is dawning upon the Dogras with regard to their rights and the likely subjugation they might suffer in the event of state subject laws, brought in by Maharaja Hari Singh to retain peculiar identity and heritage of the Duggarland, are dispensed with.

“The apprehensions of the jobs going to outside youth and businesses getting usurped by affluent traders are as grave as they were ninety years ago when the Maharaja was constrained to bring the law”, he said.

He said the Article 35A may be anything but not-anti national, as it forms an important ingredient of the Constitution of India.

“In fact, this Act endorses the wisdom of the Maharaja and his far-sight which is reflected in the presidential order of 1954. The Act is as religiously neutral, regional neutral and caste neutral, saying its applicability is more relevant for the Jammu region than the other two regions of Kashmir and Ladakh. The chances of non-state subjects making their way to Jammu are more likely because of its proximity to other parts of the country and conduciveness in terms of security scenario, culture, topography, and terrain, he said hoped that the self-proclaimed champions of the Jammu cause will not ignore this reality.”

“By generating passions in the mistaken belief of ultra-nationalism, the BJP is undermining and insulting the patriotic credentials of Jammuities, who are more nationalistic than the hyper-nationalists”, Rana said.

He hoped the BJP to gauge the popular sentiment against repealing of Article 35A and start course correction by rising above politics and joining saner voices of protecting and safeguarding the state subject laws.

“Protecting Article 35A is saving the proud Dogra heritage and culture”, he said. He said National Conference will take its crusade in this regard to a logical conclusion.

In 1927, the Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh had sagaciously acted upon the representation of Dogra Pratinidhi Sabha and Kashmiri Pandit Sabha, keeping in view the threat of outside domination over the poor subjects of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Rana said the BJP cannot deprive the Dogras of the great legacy of their Maharja.  Rana said the silence of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre in remaining a mute spectator to the case pending before the Supreme Court notwithstanding such pleas being rejected twice on merit by the apex court in the past.

“What has changed in the past three years that the Centre is acting against the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially at a time when the state is passing through a most difficult phase of its history”, Rana said.

He said BJP should explain the compelling circumstances and convincing the people of Jammu, who are major stakeholders of retaining Article 35A. He said a duty has cast upon every Dogra, irrespective of caste, creed, and religion to preserve their glorious heritage and identity, which is being put in peril by the BJP by overt and covert means.

He said misinformation campaign had been unleashed by the BJP on Article 35A. He said these are diversionary tactics to divert the attention from misgovernance of the coalition dispensation, failure in meeting the challenge confronted to the state, poor condition of utility services and above all perpetual discrimination inflicted to the Jammu region during the past three years. 

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