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Sajad Lone says time for pro-Indian political groups ‘to play on front foot will come soon’

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone, who is considered to be close to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said the pro-India political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have been on the back foot since New Delhi revoked the erstwhile state’s special status in August 2019, but their time to “play on the front foot” will come soon.

On the disappointment among some political parties from Jammu and Kashmir over the outcome of the June 24 meeting with Modi, he said he did not have any expectations from it in the first place.

“Things do not remain the same and situations change. After August 5 (2019), the Kashmiri society and the polity – we are on the back foot. But, history is a witness, no society remains on the back foot forever. God willing, our time to play on the front foot will come and will come soon,” Lone said.

“…it is a long game. Nothing started on August 5 and nothing ended on August 5. Things will go on, politics will go on,” he said.

Responding to a question, the PC chairman said there is simmering anger among people against the decisions taken by New Delhi on August 5, 2019 and it is “very dangerous”.

“Anger is everywhere against the leadership. There is no place in the world where there is no anger against the existing leadership. Yes, our role is there (to defuse the anger), but as on date, we are powerless, we cannot do anything,” he said.

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