Reiterates NC’s commitment to continue fighting for special status
Srinagar: National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Thursday questioned the PDP-BJP coalition government for its complicity in jeopardizing J&K’s special status. He said that the much touted Agenda of Alliance “doesn’t exist at all”.
Urging National Conference cadre to generate awareness among the people about the adverse consequences of the abrogation of Article 35 A, Omar said, “If Article 35A is repealed, we will traverse back to the unfortunate era of indignity, deprivation and oppression where Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdulah had steered out the people of the State. It will cause enormous and irrevocable damage to the interests of the people of the three regions, irrespective of their caste and religion.”
Addressing party delegates in Baramulla, Omar Abdullah said, “With the way things are going on in our state, it becomes more and more evident that AoA doesn’t exist at all. They promised to revoke AFSPA, get power projects back to state, facilitate talks with all stakeholders, ensure that both India and Pakistan start a dialogue process but nothing happened in that regard. This government is turning out to be a monumental failure at every front. All in all this government has let down everybody including those who voted them to power.”
He said the whole politics of PDP-BJP government was “based on lies”. Before 2014 elections, Omar said, that PDP and its leadership asked for votes “to stop the BJP onslaught” but later joined hands with the same party to form the government. “When Mehbooba Mufti took over the reigns of this government, she went a step ahead and turned into a mute spectator while right wing forces continue to wage a relentless war on the states special status,” he said adding, “When our government passed an autonomy resolution with a majority vote in the legislature in 2000, a vile campaign was started to sabotage our demand. PDP also came into existence for the same purpose which was to weaken states special status.”
Since then every effort is being made to polarize the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of region, religion, caste, creed. Polarization being fanned across the length and breadth of the state needs to be stopped before it engulfs our values and robs us of our rights, our sense of dignity and our special constitutional status.”
In a statement issued by National Conference, Omar urged people to unite and fight such forces by making every state subject aware about the attempts being made to trample the constitutional guarantees available to J&K. He said, “Shere Kashmir had predicted it long back that powers that reside in Delhi would make a leader in every nook and corner of the state. This is being done to put one region against another and one religion against another. What we are seeing right now is the physical manifestation of Sheikh Sahab’s words. We, irrespective of our religion, caste, regions or color, need to be cautious and defeat such forces by being united.”
Over development works, Omar ridiculed the present dispensation on its “inept” handling of various issues. “What happened to money released under PMs package? We have schools which are running without teachers and other necessary staff and equipment. People are without water, power in many areas of the state. Hospitals are running short on medicines.”