MoS Jitendra Singh hits back at PDP, NC over remarks on Article 35A, 370; says ‘they are losing peoples’ mandate’

Minister of State (MoS) at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Monday slammed Jammu and Kashmir political parties – National Conference (NC) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) – for their comments on Article 35A and Article 370. Singh said both NC and PDP is losing peoples’ trust and mandate, hence making noise.

He also racked up both PDP, NC and said political parties are in distressed about the raids being carried out in the Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir) Case.

He added that the actions taken by his government against scams, hawala transactions and in connection with Jammu and Kashmir Bank, the investigation is on and the big names are about to come up in connection with these cases. ‘Parties are distressed about that’, he said as reported by ANI.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament complex, Minister of State (MoS) Jitendra Singh said, ‘All the noises raised by political parties, including PDP, NC, is a clear indication that they are losing people’s mandate. They have been carrying forward their legacy with 8-10 percent voter turnout’.

‘The political parties fear that in case the scenario in the valley changes that it would be a big loss for the parties and their sovereignty which they had built in the last 30-40 years’, Singh told reporters.

His statement attack NC and PDP came a day after Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asserted that her party will fight to save the identity of Kashmir. She further asserted that defending the legitimacy of the Article 35A and Article 370 will be the top priority of PDP.

Speaking in the event organized on the 20th Foundation day of the party, Mehbooba Mufti reportedly said, ‘Fiddling with Article 35A means touching explosives, that will not burn hands only but the entire body as well’. She also launched a scathing attack on BJP-ruled Centre for creating an atmosphere of ‘fear’ and ‘doubts’ by deploying more forces in the valley.

While on Monday she requested NC Chief Farooq Abdullah to call an all-party meeting in the view of prevailing conditions in the state. ‘In light of recent developments that have caused a sense of panic amongst people in J&K, I’ve requested Dr Farooq Abdullah sahab to convene an all-party meeting. Need of the hour is to come together & forge a united response. We the people of Kashmir need to stand up as one’, she said in a tweet.

While earlier this month, National Conference (NC) Chief Farooq Abdullah also slammed the Centre and said, ‘If article 370 is temporary then, Kashmir’s annexation to India is also temporary’.

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