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J&K assembly not mandated to restore Article 370: Altaf Bukhari

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“Delimitation Commission hasn’t done justice with J&K people”

Srinagar: While pitching for early elections, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) president Syed Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday appealed the people not to misconstrue assembly elections with an exercise that can revoke the decisions taken on August 5, 2019.

“Don’t fall prey to the political maneuvering who will try to garner your support with such hollow slogans,” Bukhari said, adding that the people of J&K must hold political parties accountable for their poll promises and the delivery on ground.

Bukhari was addressing party workers on 2nd foundation day of the party.

“The legislative assembly in UT of J&K is not even mandated to restore Statehood not to talk of restoration of Article 370 and 35-A. Popular government in J&K can represent your developmental aspirations and the people will have a complete say in the day-to-day governance,” he remarked, while recalling how some regional political parties had asked for votes in DDC elections for the sake of restoration of J&K’s lost special status.

Bukhari urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the emotional aspirations of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh by taking urgent confidence based measures before the upcoming elections.

He said that Apni Party is not against any political alliance including that of PAGD but it will always criticize its false claims.

“PAGD leaders made tall claims regarding their boycott in the electoral process, however, they were the first who contested the DDC elections in pretext of restoration of Article 370. They are not concerned about the restoration of Article 370 but the lust of power. This is why we are against their lies and political deceit,” he said.

While interacting with media, Bukhari said that the Delimitation Commission has not done justice with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and as its proposed draft seems aimed at disempowering the people.

Alleging that the panel didn’t even cover the ground in Jammu and Kashmir, Bukhari said that just two days were not enough to come up with facts and make a report. “I believe that the panel has not even covered the ground. The commission should have spent at least 2-3 days in one district to talk to the people on the ground,” he said.

Bukhari also demanded early elections in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the grievances of people are piled up and only the elected government can bring respite to the people from present situation where they face hardships in getting their issues resolved.

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