Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari on Monday termed August 5, 2019, as “black day” for Jammu and Kashmir and said the people are facing multiple issues including “loot” of their resources in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370.
He claimed that the BJP will taste a “crushing defeat” in the next assembly elections for its “anti-people” policies.
“I want to ask those people who did injustice with J-K on August 5, 2019 – the day we consider as black day – that their perception about Article 370 being the stumbling block in the development has failed,” Bukhari said, addressing a public rally at Vijaypur in Samba district.
He said the 200-year-old J and K state was reduced to a Union Territory and one of its parts, Ladakh, was also separated after creating a perception among the people that the scrapping of Article 370 was important to allow development in the region.
“In the last four years of your rule, we have not seen any development. Instead, the mining and wine mafia from UP and Bihar have taken over the natural resources and started unchecked loot,” he said, expressing anger over the growing unemployment, underdevelopment, and poor health care facilities at the village level.
He said the Apni Party would not allow these outsiders in J-K.
“The resources of J-K belong to the people of the erstwhile state and if we come to power, we will throw them out of Lakhanpur.” He said after the revocation of Article 370, the people are facing multiple issues and there is a need to have an elected government.
“It seems that until an elected government comes to power, the present form of government will loot the resources using the outsiders,” he alleged.
He questioned those who celebrated the abrogation of special status and said the time has come when people have to stand up like Punjab and fight back to throw the “mafia” out of J-K.