JAMMU, AUG 12: Accusing the BJP of double standards over yet another issue of Art 35A, a battalion of Panther activists spearheaded by Harsh Dev Singh, chairman JKNPP staged a vociferous protest demonstration questioning its compromise over Art 35A despite its tall slogans of repealing it and in spite of it being illegal, unconstitutional and void ab initio at Exhibition Ground Jammu. The angry protestors burnt the effigy of the saffron party and rebuked the BJP once again for surrendering over the core philosophy merely for the lust of power. Addressing the media, Harsh Dev Singh said that the Kashmir based political parties including NC and PDP had jumped into the fray of ‘competitive separatism’ for promoting the agenda of secessionists and the call for “Kashmir bandh” today exposed the nefarious intentions of the secessionist forces ruling the roost in the valley. Referring to the statement of Mehbooba Mufti after her meeting with PM Modi, Singh revealed her obnoxious remarks citing that for the “idea of India to accommodate the idea of Kashmir” Article 35A that grants special status to the State ” should not” be removed. “Moreover, she said that the basis of BJP-PDP alliance was the maintenance of status quo on Article 370 to which the PM had given 100pc assurance on Agenda of Alliance”, Harsh divulged.
Questioning BJP to clarify its position over Article 35A, Singh said that Saffron brigade had been exposed for compromising ‘National honour’ besides its dual character. He said that BJP was running with hare and hunting with hound over Article 35A which only needs to be repealed in the interest of the State and the country. Lambasting BJP for its double standards over the issue, Harsh Dev Singh said that while the Kashmir centric parties had united to safeguard the Article 35A, the Saffron party preferred to play a second fiddle in the alliance to enjoy “power joyride” with PDP. He said that Article 35A was not only unconstitutional but also posed a grave security threat to the State.