I don’t see Congress getting 300 seats in 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Azad on why he can’t promise restoration of Article 370

The  remarks while Ghulam Nabi Azad was justifying his silence on the abrogation of Article 370 that conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The  remarks while Ghulam Nabi Azad was justifying his silence on the abrogation of Article 370 that conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that he doesn’t see his party getting 300 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections of 2024. The  remarks while Azad was justifying his silence on the abrogation of Article 370 that conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

He said only Supreme Court, where the matter is pending, and the Centre can restore it. Since the BJP-led central government abrogated Article 370, it won’t restore it, he said at a rally in Poonch district’s Krishna Ghati area.

“I do not see it good to make any false promises to the people. We cannot promise that we will form the next government at the Centre with 300 MPs and will do it (revoke the August 5, 2019 decision),” the veteran Congress leader said.

Without naming National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah who recently criticised the Congress’ silence on Article 370, Azad said although the case is before the Supreme Court, he had opposed the move as “unconstitutional” in Parliament several times as the leader of the opposition.

He said the prime minister and the Union home minister have already promised the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, and therefore, the government should bring a bill in Parliament for this and also include in it constitutional safeguards to protect land and jobs of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Azad said elections can happen immediately after the winter ends as the security situation has improved.

All opposition parties need to stand and press for elections soon after the end of the winter as a popular government alone can address the issues being faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, he said. “Former prime minister Indira Gandhi used to say that we need to take more care of the border residents as they are the ones who are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our forces to safeguard the country and also suffer the major brunt in case of shelling and firing,” Azad said.

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