STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: While promoting the nationwide Jan Jagaran Abhiyan of Bhartiya Janata Party, Brig Anil Gupta, State Spokesperson BJP has said that Article 370 was the biggest constitutional fraud inserted in the Constitution of India without formal discussion in the Constituent Assembly at behest of Sheikh Mohd Abdullah who perceived in himself ruler of a future Muslim State within the Indian Union, ignoring the aspirations of people of Jammu & Ladakh. Under the garb of this most abused article of the Constitution, the power brokers in Kashmir resorted to violation of rights, exploitation of people and resources, blatant discrimination and rampant corruption. While people of Jammu & Ladakh were blatantly ignored, the people of Kashmir were held hostage to their political ambitions through false promises, emotional exploitation and divisive politics, stated Brig Gupta. The people were kept deprived of various progressive laws made by the Parliament for the benefit of people, particularly the backward and financially weaker sections simply to fill their own coffers through day-light loot of huge investments and funds released by the Central government for the benefit of people of the State. While the common man, who had no say in the corridors of power struggled to make both ends meet, the power brokers and their cronies kept becoming richer day by day under garb of Article 370, asserted Brig Gupta. It is unfortunate that despite the provision being temporary; it took 72 long years for abrogation of the same. ‘Der Ayad Durust Ayad’ (Better Late than Never), it is a good riddance and will benefit entire population of the State, asserted Brig Gupta. Article 35A, a by-product of 370 was responsible for regressive and discriminatory laws that adversely affected daughters of the soil and a few communities, settled in the State. They would be the happiest and most benefitted with this epoch-making decision of Modi Government, he added. “Members of the Armed Forces both serving and veterans would also be relieved with the deletion of such laws. Soldiers of the armed forces have sacrificed their lives in large numbers while securing the State’s borders with Pakistan and China, and in anti-terror operations. Many of them were from other States of India. While the State Government gave monetary assistance to the families of martyrs from the State but denied the same to those belonging to other States. It was also unfortunate that those who risked their life and limb, and made supreme sacrifices while safeguarding the lives of J&K residents and protecting every inch of its land could not be given even a small piece of land as a token of appreciation due to existing laws,” rued Brig Gupta. Even the veterans from other parts of the State were denied land to establish a Sainik Colony in Srinagar on pattern of the one that exists in Jammu.
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