Srinagar: Welcoming the satisfactory passage of GST law in the state, Peoples Democratic Party Vice President Mohmmad Sartaj Madni said that this marks the clear departure from shady deals of past and deceitful erosions to Article 370 of Indian Constitution. He said section 5 of State’s constitution has also been kept intact which upholos exclusive power of the state legislature to make laws.
Addressing party cadres at Jammu today Madani said the biggest achievement coming out of this bold and transparent exercise is apparent from the fact that before implementation in amended form an open debate was invited on its implications in and outside Assembly which allowed participation of all stake holders. By taking the issue to Legislature for concurrence even as cabinet was empowered to do it, PDP has established a precedent to honour the elected representatives. Madani said adding this practice should close the doors for all and sundry to play any constitutional mischief or fraud with the people of the state in a huff or through any manipulation in future.
He said besides honouring the state legislature civil society and trade bodies Chief Minister Mehbooha Mufti facilitated assimilation of divergent views on GST law and Autonomy in her objective to re-establish the state’s initiative and authority to make laws.
Madni hailed the cooperation lent by several sections of society in saving the state from confrontation and crisis . The cooperation in accommodating views of the state Government from BJP”s central leadership including Prime Minister Narender Modi , Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the union Law Ministry is assuring as far as concurring with the aspirations and regard for views of larger was concerned.
Madni said this course has fully nailed the adverse and false propaganda of adversaries and cynics. Neither has PDP compromised its stand and position on stated sensitive constitutional, political, financial, social or constitutional issues . Nor should anyone harbor a doubt about how BJP voted for the Bill and Resolution envisaging full safeguards under Article 370 and section 5 of J&K constitution.
He said credit goes to President of India who lent his concurrence to J&K state’s proposals without any slight change thus declaring, first time in History the sustainability of law on Autonomy and respect for the constitutional position with humble and honest pleading from the state Government.
“Who should challenge India’s President’s Authority as Guardian of the Constitution Madni asked observing that Presidents Order on GST is an obvious command and resolve of Indian state under present dispensation to honour and respect the fiscal and political autonomy of J&K.
“The order marks a clear shift from past practices replete with clandestine erosions of Article 370 to well —desired effort to protect whatever is left of Special status , Madni pointed out, adding in the process the apprehensions triggered by vested interest including National Conference and Congress have been allayed. The two parties in particular stand exposed as their collaboration and deceit for diluting autonomy for power was openly debated and exposed. History will hold them guilty for theur track record of deceit, collabratiob and brazen emotional black mail.
Madni expressed surprise how the two parties with a shady past were emboldened to malign the state Government and make an unsuccessful attempt to block a genuine and smooth constitutional exercise assuring financial independence and dividends, as also the reassertion for political empowerment. Their designs have failed and PDP led Government stands on high morai ground to make them feel embarrassed, gain wisdom and strength to digest the truth.
Madni said like the Government under leadership of Ms. Mehbooba Mufti stood composed but firm , sincere and honest in its intentions on Autonomy , PDP will surely be vindicated on gradual accomplishment of Agenda of Alliance anchored by visionary leader Mufti Mohmmad Syed which envisages much larger contours of political and economic empowerment for the state.
PDP is committed to earn a distinguished place for the state with the help of Prime Minister and Indian state through the fulfillment of objectives agreed in AOA.’ he said.
Madni said PM Modi showed patience during the discourse on GST in J&K , which well reflects his intentions to respect the defined objectives of alliance and also earn the good will of the people.
He said the GST law and its implementation in J&K was an open test for people, party’s and organizations of all shades. Not many will stand scrutiny of public judgement and test for social approval in near future when the Presidential order is debated in public domain. It bears testimony to PDP’s honesty , sincerity and commitment, he affirmed.
He said for the first time in history our constitutional position is reaffirmed, much to the chagrin of self-styled saviours of autonomy squarely responsible for inflicting a colossal damage on it.
He said we take pleasure in the fact that legislature now onwards will be a stumbling block for erosions as the key will lie with it not the cabinet in view of the legislative precedent established by PDP led Government.
Madni said the onus now onwards fully lies on the electorate of the state in shaping a dedicated, honest, prudent and committed legislature which should comprise ca’ socially conscious, politically determined ideologically oriented and morally conscientious representatives so that no farce is allowed to happen. He said despite odds PDP is duty-bound to facilitate such an atmosphere in the state and change the course of history in the interest of people of the state.
Madni hailed the well known constitutional expert and senior PDP Leader Muzaffar Ahmad Beigh, Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu, General Secretary Nizamudin Bhat, legislators and other leaders of the party who remained focused on their objective and highlighted the party view point in various forums and right perspective. (KNS)