STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Ikkjutt Jammu, which has been spearheading movement against Articles 35A and 370 since last July, described these articles as the two most dangerous tools in the hands of fundamentalist Islamists in Kashmir for perpetuating Jihad in India. Briefing media persons here, Ankur Sharma, Chairman IkkJutt Jammu said that if these articles are not abrogated immediately, then it could create a Kashmir-like situation in Jammu province and Trans-Himalayan Ladakh also. “Ikkjutt Jammu stands vindicated,” said Ankur Sharma by explaining that now even Prime Minister, Narendra Modi; Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and BJP National President, Amit Shah are also saying the same and acknowledging that Articles 35A and 370 have not only harmed the people of the State but has also hurt the nation. “All these Constitutional authorities, post-Pulwama attack on a number of occasions, have publicly declared that these articles have only promoted separatism in the State and helped Islamist forces as represented by Abdullah and Mufti dynasties and Congress consolidated their position to adversely affect the national Interest,” Sharma said. Sharma, while reflecting nature of ongoing election campaign across the nation, said that the commitments made by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at Akhnoor on March 28 and at Kathua on April 14, that he is committed to eradicate pernicious concept of two flags, two Constitutions and that he is committed to tread path charted by B R Ambedkar, Shyama Prasad Mukerjee and Pt Prem Nath Dogra have further vindicated the stand of Ikkjutt Jammu that if India was to survive as one nation and people of Jammu and Ladakh provinces were to be saved from Islamists’ onslaught, Articles 35A and 370 have to go lock, stock and barrel. “It is a matter of great satisfaction that Jammu & Kashmir, Articles 35A and 370, Kashmir Jihad, expulsion of Hindus from Kashmir in 1990, subversion of democratic processes in State and neglect of Jammu and Ladakh have become major poll planks in election campaign. With none other than PM Narendra Modi himself raking up these issues of national import and seeking people’s mandate holding out a solemn commitment that he will not allow two flags, two Constitutions in Jammu & Kashmir and that no power on earth can separate the State from India,” said Ikkjutt Jammu Chairman, Ankur Sharma welcoming the change in PM’s J&K policy. “Jammu province is in danger. Concerted moves have been afoot since 1996 to change its demography by looting the State, forests, JDA, Municipal and Panchayat lands in and around Jammu city. The demographic profile of Jammu has drastically changed and this process has to be reversed,” said Ankur Sharma, adding that, “Fundamentalist Islamists from Kashmir and elements in the establishment were behind this ongoing Demographic Invasion on Jammu”. Ankur Sharma further said that the time to restructure the State has come. It would be only in the fitness of things if Jammu Province is declared a full-fledged State and Kashmir and Ladakh declared Union Territories, he said, adding that it has also become imperative for New Delhi to start parleys with the religiously cleansed and Internally-Displaced Kashmiri Hindus to know what could satisfy them and meet their legitimate aspirations. Ankur Sharma further condemned killing of Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO Rajinder in Kishtwar and lamented less than serious approach of the Government in investigating Kishtwar Parihar brothers’ killing.
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