Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Conference said that 5th August will forever remain a dark day. The Peoples’ Conference called the abrogation of the Article 370 was a “negative milestone” in the history of the region. It said the move was a political and psychological setback for the people of J&K.
In a statement, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Conference’s spokesperson Adnan Ashraf Mir said that 5th August is a “day of disempowerment, a reminder of the humiliation that the people of J&K were subjected to”. Mir said the revocation of Article 370 contrary to the principles and ideals of democracy. He also maintained that the decision was forcefully thrusted upon the people, and hence lacks legitimacy among the masses.
Mir said that the Peoples’ Conference is committed to further its struggle for the rights and dignity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Representatives have claimed that the party will use legal and democratic means to help the people of the region.
The party spokesperson added, “While the people are striving to restore their rights and dignity, political parties cannot afford the luxury of creating divisions and the fault lines in the name of region, religion, caste and language. The present circumstances demand unity among the political parties and people of the region till our rights are restored”.
August 5th marks the second anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. On this day in 2019, Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was revoked and Jammu & Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories by the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janta Party government. The amendment meant that the region lost the special rights it enjoyed since the 1947 Partition.