SRINAGAR: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday asserted that the active participation of people in ensuing elections will render forces as are inimical to the state identity dysfunctional besides setting the direction of the state for next half a decade.
Addressing an election campaign rally in Ashmuqam, Pahalgam, party vice president said that Art 370, Art 35 A are very crucial for state and that any attack on it will inadvertently affect each and every individual of the state.
“The articles ensure the citizenry of our state certain unbridgeable rights on jobs and scholarships; any move to scuttle the articles will have far-reaching consequences on people of the state. So it is imperative for the people across the state, in particular, the people of south Kashmir to vote. This time every vote you cast will set the recourse of our state for the next half a decade. This time you will be voting for securing your identity which is facing unbridled attacks from all sides,” he said adding, “Keeping in view the challenges faced by our state, our party made a decision of fielding Hasnain Masoodi from Anantnag parliamentary constituency; it was a well-thought decision intended to send a representative voice to parliament that can fight for our status.”
Omar while censuring Mehbooba Mufti forgiving a platform to the BJP-RSS, said, “Today we see her shedding tears on the miseries. People would have appreciated if she would have shed her tears when scores of our youth were devoured upon in her stint as chief minister. The tears we see in her eyes are not out of remorse, on the contrary, these tears are political tears, and she is craftily shedding to gain the lost ground. However, people have made it a point of not falling prey to her shenanigans and slyness. People remember how she had bolted her mouth in 2016. We didn’t see her raise qualms over the problems faced by people when she was enjoying power with the BJP, her tears emerged only after when BJP withdrew the support.”
Ridiculing PDP’s undertaking of protecting Art 370, Art 35 A, Omar said, “Today we see Mehbooba pledging to protect the state’s special status given the fact that she was the one who did much damage to it during her stint as chief minister. We saw NFSA, SARAFESI and GST being implemented in the state during her tenure. Today our people are hankering for basic edibles including sugar. Who is responsible for it? Every commodity has become dearer, is subject to heavy taxations. Who is responsible for breaking the back of small and marginal artisans, hoteliers, and other traders? We didn’t? It was Mehbooba Mufti who took many cataclysmic decisions when she was in power,” adding, “Every single sector of our state is ailing today be it tourism, horticulture or handicrafts. People still remember how she mocked the miseries of families who lost their kids in 2016 with her ‘milk and toffee’ comments. It was she who had barefacedly said that the guns of security persons are not mere display but action.”