Srinagar, Apr 13: Alleging that the BJP and RSS are desperately raising a rhetoric which has been woven together with a deeply divisive and communal propaganda, former union minister and senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz on Saturday said since 1998, the saffron party has been asserting that it will abrogate Article 370 to hoodwink the people for electoral gains.
“There is a stake in my library where the BJP Manifestos for 1998, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019 are in a pile. All Manifestos assert that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution would be abrogated. The hoax had been maneuvered for the gullible voters to be hoodwinked for winning a particular election,” Prof Soz said in a statement issued here.
Hitting out at the BJP president, he said Amit Shah and the likes of him in the RSS and BJP, know fully that Article 370 can neither be abrogated nor amended, against the will of the people of J&K. “The strangest part of this electoral game has been that a sane man like former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee too had been made part to this meaningless and misleading narrative,” he alleged.
“The moot point is that Modi-Amit Shah duo and other die-hard elements in the RSS/BJP camp are desperately raising a rhetoric which has been woven together with a deeply divisive and communal propaganda. It has already caused harm to a secular and pluralistic polity that India had to be,” he further alleged.
“How much harm the democratic and secular institutions of Indian polity have suffered during BJP/RSS dispensation, will be known only when this dispensation is out. It is a very unfortunate situation for India,” he said.
“Some knowledgeable people still believe that late Kanshi Ram’s ‘Social Engineering’ is at work in the States like UP and Bihar, where Dalits, Yadavs, Jats, other economically backward sections and minorities have started working on a formula of togetherness,” he said.
“Many members of the National Opposition feel convinced that this formula will work in Election- 2019,” he added. (UNI)