SRINAGAR: Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday reiterated that the BJP wanted to erode the special status of the state and urged people to vote for the candidate who can protect the state’s special status.
“It is a test for us how to defeat the conspiracies being hatched against the state,” said Omar pointing to the BJP manifesto, which pledges abrogating Article 370 and 35A.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was threatening his party leaders that they won’t win the polls.
“He mentions our name in every rally. Ours is a small party but it still pinches the Prime Minister,” he said. “May 23 will decide who will emerge the winner.”
Pointing to Modi’s statement at Jammu, Omar said the man was changing colours as he uttered the same statement in the 2014 election, but later he formed an alliance with the PDP.
“When I was minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, the BJP then had no problem even when we passed a resolution for autonomy of the state. Modi ji, you made a similar statement in a 2014 rally but later formed a government with the PDP,” Omar said.
He claimed that NC leaders told Mehbooba Mufti in the assembly that JK’s special position was under threat. “But she did not listen to us. Even the then law minister had sent a file to the chief minister’s office for cancellation of fake permanent resident certificates, but she did not act. How can we expect she will protect JK’s special status?”
Omar also questioned the PDP, BJP, and the Peoples Conference about their achievements in the previous government.
“We removed 40 bunkers but you constructed two-storey bunkers. You (Mehbooba) imposed curbs, besieged Jamia Masjid, and even placed curbs on Eid prayers,” he said.