J&K's statehood should be restored before holding assembly polls: Azad
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday called for the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir's statehood before assembly elections are held and batted for land and job rights for its residents. Speaking outside the Kheer Bhawani temple complex, Azad also said Kashmiri Pandits who left the Valley in the early 1990s in the wake of the eruption of militancy should be brought back.
Our land and job rights should be secured: Azad
"The elections should be conducted soon. But before the elections, statehood should be restored, which is very important. Kashmiri Pandits should be brought back," he said. "Our land and job (rights), which were taken away after Article 370 was revoked, should be secured like they were before (August 5, 2019) through a new law when the statehood is restored," he said.
In August 2019, J&K was bifurcated into union territories
On August 5, 2019, the Centre announced the abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and its bifurcation into union territories. The former J&K Chief Minister visited the temple shortly after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's visit earlier in the morning. Gandhi had left for Hazratbal shrine when Azad reached Tullamulla.
He slammed BJP for saying Congress has lost its credibility
"I came from Delhi today, but the flight reached late and that is why we could not meet here. But since it was in my program, I came here and will also go to Hazratbal," he said. Asked about the BJP's charge that the Congress party had lost its credibility, Azad said, "Everyone knows who has the credibility."
Azad also visited the Hazratbal shrine to pay obeisance
After the Kheer Bhawani visit, Azad went to the Hazratbal shrine located in Srinagar to pay obeisance. Later, he joined Gandhi at the inauguration of Congress Bhawan at MA Road in Srinagar.