Banning civilian traffic on highway putting people to unnecessary duress: Omar Abdullah

Banning civilian traffic on highway putting people to unnecessary duress: Omar Abdullah
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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday asserted that the incumbent governor administration has made banning of highway a point of prestige saying the measure hasn’t proved helpful to security forces rather it has brought inconvenience to people.
Addressing a public meet at Sholipora, Budgam, Omar said banning civilian traffic on highway for two days a week has put people to unnecessary duress.
“On other days we see non-civilian traffic plying on road without any hassle, therefore this scheme of banning civilian traffic on two days is unreasonable and devoid of logic. In fact, the army and police have distanced themselves from having such an arrangement. I therefore urge the governor to roll back the order immediately,” he said.
While expressing concern over the decline of civilised political discourse, Omar said, “We are witnessing a steep fall in the level of civility in the political discourse during the ongoing election campaign. There should be no place for any hate speech or personal attacks. I hope the Election Commission takes rigorous action against such people as surpass the ambit of civility and decency.”
It is the prime duty of election commission to ensure that the model code of conduct is thoroughly adhered to. They should take tough measures in this direction to ensure the usage of illicit money in the elections is stopped, he said.
Omar while referring to the prevailing situation in the state said, “People remember how mosques were closed during the reign (of PDP-BJP), how central laws were implemented in our state, how innocents were intimidated by worst possible means. They want us to forget all that but our memory is not weak. What good was achieved in my government was put into an abyss by the PDP BJP government. What happened to Rs 80000 crore package? Where did it go? We seek accountability.”
Omar while reminding PDP-PC combine on their promises of holding parleys with Hurriyat and Pakistan and giving jobs to youth, said, “They had promised to remove AFSPA, ensure minimal presence of army in the streets and much more. Nothing of that sort happened. They failed miserably in carrying forward the good will achieved till 2014. On the contrary the combine plunged the state into chaos and turmoil. It is up to people now to make amends and show them their right place by using the vote wisely.”
Underscoring the importance of Land Reforms, Omar said the “revolutionary step” would not have been possible without Art 370, Art 35 A in place.
He said once the NC is voted to power, the development requirement of far-flung areas will be fulfilled on priority basis.
“We formulate policies that help the people living in the far-flung areas live a better life. We will invest on human development, community development and basic infrastructure. Our idea of development is inclusive, it sans regional and other prejudices,” he said.
Appreciating the persona of former minister Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Omar termed him “a sincere politician who believes in working for people without any fanfare or slogan mongering”.
Among others, party’s additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, former member parliament Sharief Ud Din Shariq, Mir Saifullah, Aga Yousuf, political advisor to vice president Tanvir Sadiq, and Haji Abdul Ahad Dar also addressed the meet and sought support for party candidate Dr. Farooq Abdullah.