Anantnag: Former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Saturday claimed that his party had won the Baramulla Lok Sabha seat, elections for which were held on Wednesday.
“We have won the North Kashmir seat,” Omar told reporters following a workers convention of his party at the Dak Bungalow here in Anantnag. He was asked about his expectations from the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
Omar said his party had won the Baramulla seat with a decent majority and that it would do well in south Kashmir, too.
“On the South seat our campaign has begun. We will want that the poll boycott does not have much of a bearing because NC will be benefited if more votes are polled,” Omar said.
Omar told reporters that his party had opposed a PDP-BJP alliance and also offered support to the PDP in a bid to keep the “anti-Muslim” BJP out of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The BJP has always been anti-Muslim and that is why we had asked the PDP not to ally with them, but they did not listen. Now we can only hope that the people of this country rise to the occasion and keep the secular fabric of the nation intact,” Omar said.
Earlier in his speech he told the party workers that the people of Kashmir have suffered whenever the NC has been out of power.
“Certain forces have always conspired when we have been out of power. We will fight those forces, we will fight against the conspiracies, against the highway ban and against the tinkering with the special status of our state,” Omar said.
He said that it was imperative that assembly elections are held soon after the Lok Sabha polls so that people are allowed to choose their representatives in the state.