After boycotting the municipal and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference (NC) stated that Friday the party would contest the state Assembly election to avoid the BJP from “installing its proxies via the backdoor”.
“The (National Conference) working committee decided to stay away from polls was limited to ULB (urban local body) and panchayat elections. The decision had nothing to work with the assembly or Parliament elections. We will fight to win the forthcoming elections so as to defend Article 35 A/Article 370 and to avoid the BJP from installing its proxies via the backdoor as they have commenced doing,” party provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said here.
He was responding to Union minister Jitendra Singh’s statement that the NC owed details to the people of the state for its “U-turn” on Article 35A.
“Even if we wanted to boycott the forthcoming elections, people would pressurize us to fight. They are watchful of the BJP and its sequacious henchmen, and in such an uncertain situation, the people would need us to put up a strong front against the contriving RSS and its servile proxies,” Wani said.
The NC leader states the party took a stand to stay away from the municipal and panchayat elections in wake of the “vacillating approach” of the Centre towards Article 35A and Article 370. “We have already requested (J&K) Governor S P Malik to plead for the deferment on next hearing of Article 35A in the Supreme Court till the formation of a popular government in the state. And, he has principally agreed to our suggestion.” “The assertions of Dr Singh are reflective of the jittery that BJP and its proxies in Kashmir are facing,” he said.
Wani said the BJP, instead of a poor front put up by the Congress party and the non-participation of local parties, had to content with just four municipal wards in Srinagar.
“The very thought of us participating in the elections has unnerved them. And our endeavour shall be to resist any machinations of the RSS and its proxies in the state. People would never want us to let these forces, who are inimical to states’ special status, make inroads in the state.
“My advice to Dr Singh would be to stop being panicky and remember that the next elections will be a fight, not a one-sided walkover,” he added.