Owe it to our future generations to safeguard special status: Omar Abdullah

Owe it to our future generations to safeguard special status: Omar Abdullah
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Budgam: We owe it to our future generations to safeguard and protect our political identity and special status that our ancestors and our founding leaders fought for, said National Confrence vice president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday.
Addressing a workers’ convention of the party at Khan Sahib, Budgam on Wednesday, Omar said, “The rank and file of National Conference is ready to go to any extent to protect the state’s honour and political identity.”
“The forces who are sponsoring these elaborate assaults on the state’s special status are hostile towards the state’s interests and political identity from the very first day, and we have fought them then and we will fight them now,” he said.
The PDP-BJP government dragged its feet on this critical issue of enormous importance to every single citizen of the state, Omar said, and succumbed to pressure from the BJP. “They gave an impression of surrender and weakness to those powers and lobbies who were emboldened and are now brazenly attacking our political honour and rights”, he added.
The NC vice president said that besides re-engineering the demography of the state, the absence of Article 35-A would rob J&K’s youth of jobs, scholarships and avenues of growth and prosperity.