They will be used says NC MP on front prepared to look past Article 370
Srinagar: National Conference MP Mohammad Akbar Lone on Wednesday said his party will not contest any election until statehood and the special status of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be restored. ‘The National Conference will not take part in any election until the pre-August 5 standing of Jammu and Kashmir is revived,’ Lone told reporters after a party meeting here.
Lone said he was hopeful of a favourable verdict on the petition about the special standing in the Supreme Court’s restoration. Asked about the new political front led by former PDP leader Syed Altaf Bukhari, Lone said’such elements were used by Government of India from time to time since 1953 to undermine people’s aspirations’.
‘Many of those that are a part of the front were the very same folks who brought down the Farooq Abdullah government (in 1984) and formed a new government. Everybody knows how long that government continued.
He said the BJP may have the ability to take their agenda to people of Kashmir, the leaders who are part of the front did not have any public standing.
‘People will reject them,’ he added. In response to a question, Lone said the hype around the law for Jammu and Kashmir was of no value.
‘We will not even spit on such a law. Our agenda is still the same as that of (NC founder) Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah,’ he said. Will they (government) release our leaders? Will they give us what we have been demanding?’