SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Monday said he will never compromise with the special status of the State and will never sit with BJP.
“National Conference has a legacy of service and sacrifice and the party will continue to shoulder the cause of protecting the special status of the State at any cost,” Omar said while addressing a public gathering at Handwara in north Kashmir.
Earlier today BJP came up with its manifesto, the issues of temple, unified civil code have again showed up there, but the major stress has been given on the revocation of Article 370 and 35-A, Omar said.
“Today they have again racked up the issue of its revocation. I fail to understand why aren’t they able to understand that our State is not like any other state of India. We didn’t merge with the union; we are the only state that kept its own constitution. I challenge them to do away with the constitutional provisions. The people of our state won’t allow you to do it,” he said.
“Even if they forge friendships with many people here they won’t be achieve their anticipated goal; let go on forging friendship with those who have always bartered our honour, but let me tell you that friendship won’t help you to achieve your nefarious designs. These people whom Modi is clubbing with have been coming forth in different hues and gowns. Today they are holding apples,” Omar said.
NC vice president said that if Article 35-A is fiddled with, our students won’t be able to secure scholarships; our unemployed youth won’t be able to get jobs.
“The Land to Tiller reforms and the other constitutional safe guards that were secured by Sher-e-Kashmir would be infringed upon if these Articles are done away with. However, thinking about removing them is sheer day dreaming, for we won’t allow them to achieve such an end.”
“We have to decide if we want to send those forces to Delhi who sat in the lap of BJP, the ones who want to dismantle mosques, those who want to impose uniform civil code, those who want to destroy our special status, and those who are infringing Sharia Law of Muslims. Are we going to help those? If yes then we have to give our votes to apple. Because the relation of PC with BJP is an open secret,” he said.
He highlighted the “sacrifices” of party men and said the National Conference is “solely carrying forward the mission of protecting the special status of our state”.
“We have always shouldered that mission with zeal; we will continue to do it in the future as well,” he said.
Omar also highlighted the role played by party’s Baramulla parliamentary candidate Muhammad Akbar Lone in dismantling Ikhwan.
“This time he again needs your support as you did previously, for it is your support that will strengthen his efforts to trounce the nefarious designs of BJP and its cronies in the State,” he said.
Omar Abdullah also censured People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone for “hobnobbing with BJP at the cost of the people of State”.
“If Sajad claims Modi to be his elder brother why didn’t younger brother ask his elder brother to stop unleashing miseries on our people,” he asked.