BJP wants to change J&K's demography: Omar Abdullah
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said BJP's 'Mission 44-plus' is nothing but a "hidden agenda" to "weaken" the socio-political status of Jammu and Kashmir and the saffron party "has a plan" to "change" the demography of the state.
Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said BJP's 'Mission 44-plus' is nothing but a "hidden agenda" to "weaken" the socio-political status of Jammu and Kashmir and the saffron party "has a plan" to "change" the demography of the state.
"BJP's 'Mission 44-plus' is nothing than a hidden agenda of weakening the socio-political status of Jammu and Kashmir. The party has a plan to change the demography of the state," Omar said while addressing election rallies here.
The Chief Minister alleged under the "garb" of this mission, BJP is actually aiming to "weaken or remove" the state subject law which provides a special status to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.
"It is not that BJP is eyeing 44-plus seats of the Legislative Assembly, but their actual mission is to erode the special status enjoyed by the state and they want to begin with the state subject law. By the virtue of which they will try to erode the identity, the multi-pluralistic culture and the 'Kashmiriyat' of the state," he said.
The National Conference (NC) working president said removing the state subject law would enable people from other states of India to purchase land and property in Jammu and Kashmir, which would "eventually end up changing the demography of the state and turning the majority population into minority".
He said the mission was the "extended version" of BJP's ideology which is entirely based on "Ek vidhan, ek pradhan aur ek nishan" (one country, one constitution and one national emblem) and their aim was only to weaken the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
"People of Jammu and Kashmir are well versed with the divisive, sectarian and regional bias nurtured by BJP since its inception. NC is the only party that guarantees to protect the special status, state's own flag and own constitution and people should vote for NC candidates in huge numbers to protect their identity," he said.
Omar said no power on earth could revoke Article 370 which was the foundation and basis of the relationship between the state and rest of the country.
"The revocation of Article 370 will weaken the integrity of the country and pose a serious threat to the peace in the state. But BJP is adamant on revoking this article and PDP is ready to help them realise this dream.
"In line with these facts, it was (PDP patron) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who brought the Women's Rights Bill and Transfer of Property Bill in the Legislative Assembly that were the first overt steps to weaken the constitution of the state. Even then, NC opposed these moves tooth and nail," Omar said.