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Ready for any sacrifice to preserve Article 35A: NC
JAMMU, Sep 8: National Conference today pledged to offer every sacrifice for upholding and preserving Article 35A, describing it as a constitutional guarantee to the unique identity and legitimate rights of people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, irrespective of religion or caste.

“Defending, upholding and preserving this constitutional proviso will be a befitting tribute to Sher-e-Kashmir”, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana said while leading the party functionaries and workers in paying tributes to Baba-e-Quom Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah on his 35th death anniversary at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.

The senior party leaders paid floral tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir while fruit and other eatables were distributed among the inmates of Vridh Ashram at Amphalla.

Rana said Article 35A reflects the identity of people and empowers them to shape their destiny. He said any attempt of fiddling with it will harm Jammu, especially Dogras-- Mahajans, Brahmins, Rajputs, Khatris, Dogra Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Scheduled Caste and other segments of the society—more than the other two regions.

He said the Dogras are becoming more conscious with regard to their rights and the likely subjugation they might suffer in the event of state subject laws, brought in by Maharaja Hari Singh Ji to retain peculiar identity and heritage of the Duggarland, are dispensed with.

“Dogras are genuinely concerned about the machinations being perpetrated to dispense with Article 35A, which may lead to non-state subjects making their way to Jammu because of its proximity to other parts of the country and conduciveness in terms of security scenario, culture, topography and terrain”, he said, adding that the main brunt will have to be faced by youth whose right to jobs in the government sector will be in jeopardy.

Saying that protecting Article 35A is saving the proud Dogra heritage and culture, Rana vowed that National Conference will take its ongoing crusade in this regard to logical conclusion. He called for identifying and deporting all the fake state subject holders, who were usurping the rights of Dogras in the Duggerland.

Those who paid tributes to Baba-e-Quom included Satwant Kaur Dogra, Provincial president Mahila wing, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Ajay Sadhotra, Kashmira Singh, Rattan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Dr Kamal Arora, Vijay Bakaya, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Babu Rampal, Vijay Laxmi Dutta, Bimla Luthra, Usman Slaria Th Rachpal Singh, Bushan Lal Bhat, Brij Mohan Sharma, Master Noor Hussain, Satpal Lakhotra, Deepender Kour, Haji Mohammed Hussain, Jugal Mahajan, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Abdul Gani Teli, Vijay Lochan, Surinder Singh Bunty, Pradeep Bali, G H Malik, Tanveer Kitchloo, Mohinder Singh, Mohinder Gupta, Ch Rehmat Ali, Mohammed Ayub Malik, GH Malik, Darshan Singh Azad, Rashida Begum, Dilshad Malik, Daljeet Sharma, Rita Gupta, Rakesh Singh Raka, Somraj Taroch, M L Munshi, Ashwani Charak, Anju Grover, Asha Mehra, Komal Manhas, Sanjay Gupta, Rameshwar Dutt, Rohit Bali, Riyaz Ahmed, Balwinder Singh, Choudhry Akhter and others.

News Updated at : Saturday, September 9, 2017
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