Azad seeks people’s support to bring J&K out of “fear” and “helplessness”

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday sought people’s support to bring the Union Territory out of the shadow of “fear, unemployment and helplessness”.

Azad, who quit the Congress last month, said he would not raise emotional issues like “freedom”, “autonomy” or “self-government”, but only about issues that can be achieved.

Addressing a public meeting at Dak Bungalow in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Azad said, “I am not like those leaders to play with your emotions to win elections.”

Azad said that there are two ways to become a leader – one by raising emotional slogans and the other by talking only on those issues which are within his control.

The senior leader said, “I would say you will get freedom. But, you will not get it. Have you got it in the last 75 years? I would say you will get autonomy (national conference’s slogan) or self-government (PDP’s slogan). Many elections were fought on these slogans, you have seen, but no result has come out. Why should I raise such slogans?”

Azad said that if some people are promising to restore Article 370, which was abolished by the central government in August 2019, “let them do it”, but he will not guarantee people what is not in their control.

The former Union minister said, “I can promise you development. I will make sure you have a dignified life. I promise you that no policeman or army man will knock on the doors of my Gujjar-Bakarwal or Kashmiri brothers’ houses at night.”

He said, “I promise you that the children of poor or rich people will not be sent to jail and they will not be sent to Kathua or any other jail in the country for money. I promise you that no one will be sent to our sisters and daughters. will not insult.”

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also promised that there would be no “fake” encounters.

He said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has promised on the floor of Parliament that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir will be restored.

“Once the statehood is restored, I can guarantee the right to land and employment, which will be given only to the people of J&K in J&K,” Azad said.

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