BJP wants Assembly polls differed: Omar
Anantnag: Alleging that the BJP and “its friends in Kashmir” are trying to get assembly elections in Kashmir deferred, Former Chief Minister and Vice President of the National Conference (NC), Omar Abdullah, Tuesday said that the Governor had no business meddling into politics of the state.
Omar was in Kulgam where he addressed a gathering of his party workers. He urged his workers to gear up for the elections and asked them not to take victory for granted, “for the road ahead was tough”.
“Governor has no business in meddling into the politics of the state. We will do the politics. His and his government’s only job was to make the atmosphere conducive for elections,” Omar told the gathering.
Today’s appearance in Kulgam was Omar’s first such in at least two years now. The mainstream political parties have been avoiding visits to south Kashmir for the past three because of the volatile situation in the region.
“BJP and their friends are moving from pillar to post in New Delhi. They want the elections to get deferred in J&K for the fear of losing badly,” Omar said.
He urged the governor to make the atmosphere conducive in a timely manner, “so that we can go to the people again,”
“So that people can have their government back,” Omar said.
He took a dig at his opponent and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, as well for apologizing about her “Milk and Toffee” remark recently.
Mehbooba had recently apologized for her remark made about the civilian killings in 2016, while she was the Chief Minister. She had shot back at a reporter with, “had these kids gone to buy milk and toffees from the army camps,” when confronted with a question about kids being killed by the forces.
“Had she apologized in 2016, or in 2017 or even in 2018 while she was holding the chair. She did not apologize then and now that she has been out of power for long and her party is in tatters-she is all of sudden reminded of apologizing for her remarks,” Omar said.
Later in an interaction with the media, Omar reiterated his father about not supporting army’s operation “all out” if elected to power.
“We will want no such operation which will target the general public of Kashmir,” Omar said, “Or by whatever name it is called. Because the governor is saying there is no operation all out and the army is saying there is,