“We are anti-BJP, not anti-national’’; says Farooq Abdullah
Srinagar, October 24
Former Chief Minister and National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said the Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which is fighting for restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is “anti-BJP’’ and “not an anti-national amalgam’’.
Rejecting as “false’’ the BJP propaganda that the PAGD is anti-natinal, he said “I want to tell them that this is not true. There is no doubt that it is anti-BJP but it is not anti-national,’’ he told media persons here after his election as president of the newly formed amalgam by mainstream opposition political parties in Kashmir to fight for getting back the pre-August 5, 2019 position in respect to Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP has tried to break the federal structure through acts like abrogation of Article 370 and dividing Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, NC leader said, adding “they have tried to destroy the constitution of the country, they have tried to divide the nation, to break the federal structure which we saw what they did on August 5 last year’’.
“I want to tell them that this (PAGD) is not an anti-national jamaat. Our aim is that people of Jammu Kashmir, and Ladakh should get their rights back. That’s where our battle is, our battle is not for more than that,” he said.
Abdullah said the BJP was doing propaganda against the constituents of the PAGD in Jammu and elsewhere in the country.
“They are trying to divide us (people of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh) in the name of religion. This attempt will not succeed. This is not a religious battle, this is a fight for our identity and for that identity, we are standing together,” he said.