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BJP unnerved by support to PAGD candidates, employing stooges to put hurdles: NC

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday said BJP was shocked and unnerved by the support people of Kashmir had extended to PAGD candidates in the ongoing DDC elections and had tasked its coterie in administration and other spheres to create hurdles for the Alliance candidates.

Stating that the District Development Council elections were proving unsuccessful to blunt the demand of people for restoration of Articles 370, 35 A guaranteed to J&K by the constitution of India, Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said the “experiment has failed as the people are not allowing any space to divisive forces to meet that end”.

Sagar was addressing a public meeting while seeking support for the PAGD candidate at Behibagh, Kulgam.

Sagar said the main agenda behind conducting the DDC elections was to dilute the aspirations of the people, however, the local government cannot be a substitute to what was ‘spitefully snatched on the 5th of August, 2019 from us’.

“The entire exercise meant to wrong-foot the people proved abortive, as the people are out and out supporting PAGD candidates in these elections also. Unnerved by the immense support the PAGD is getting across J&K, the ruling BJP at the center and its local minions and stooges having administration at their side, is going to great lengths to impede the public outreach of PAGD leaders by employing various methods as are unheard of in an emancipated world.

“Today’s Kulgam programme is a point in case. We have been trying to visit Kulgam for three days and only today we were allowed. Due to our continuous pleas, we were able to seize a half-hearted permission, still it took us hours to reach the destination overcoming all hitches and glitches meant to prevent us from interacting with our people,” he said.

Party’s Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing the gathering said that the people of J&K were not willing to trade off their self respect with anything and by supporting the PAGD candidates the people are emphatically asserting their aspirations.

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