Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said that if National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti want to reimpose Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of China then Centre should take strict steps. Raut also opined that if a person is stopped from unfurling Indian national flag in Kashmir, he considers such an act as ‘Rashtra droh’.
Raut’s reaction comes after Mufti said that PDP would not hoist the Tricolour unless it is allowed to raise the flag of Jammu and Kashmir also. Before the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, Jammu and Kashmir had a separate flag and a separate Constitution applicable concomitantly with India’s Constitution and the Tricolour. Mufti, who was recently released from detention has maintained that Article 370’s revocation was a ‘black decision on a black day’.
Meanwhile, in a set back to Mufti, three PDP leaders on October 26 to protest against her stand on the Tricolour. In an attempt to reverse the constitutional changes made in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) was formed recently. The alliance comprises of National Conference, PDP People’s Conference and Communist Party of India (Marxist).
The conglomerate of mainstream Kashmir parties is being headed by Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti has been chosen as the vice president. People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone has been appointed as the spokesperson and CPI (M) leader Yousuf Taragami as convenor.
The flag of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir is the symbol of the PAGD. Commenting on the coming together of mainstream Kashmir parties, Farooq Abdullah said, “It’s not an anti-national alliance, it is an anti-BJP alliance,” adding that “BJP wants to divide the country, our aim is to ensure that the rights of people of J&K and Ladakh are restored.”
Source: Times Now