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Azad Calls For Restoration Of J-K’s Statehood Ahead Of Assembly Polls


New Delhi: Ahead of assembly elections, Democratic Azad Party (DAP) chairperson Ghulam Nabi Azad stressed the need for restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.

The former Congress leader also urged his party workers to launch a mass contact programme to mobilise public support for Democratic Azad Party.

“Restoration of statehood, protection of land and jobs for natives and the return and rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits is the core agenda of our party,” he said addressing DAP workers in Kathua, reports news agency PTI.

The leader said that people living in Jammu are concerned over the delay in restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad added, “The BJP government must not procrastinate on the matter (of restoration of statehood). We need it back before the holding of assembly elections so that our own people can run the administration.”

He said that his party is committed to easing the urges and aspirations of every section of society in all the regions and sub-regions.

“The cadre must reach out to the people and help them get solutions to their problems. We will try to work out a strong front to provide good governance to the people,” Azad said.

The economy of Jammu and Kashmir is at the brink of collapse, Azad said, adding that there is no sector — be it tourism, horticulture, transport, or trade — that has not suffered losses in the past two years.

“The situation has become much worse as the industrial sector, which is supposed to absorb the unemployed youths, continues to struggle,” he added.