Omar promises to end PSA, fight ban on Jamaat
SHOPIAN: The National Conference (NC) on Tuesday held a convention of party workers at the government circuit house, situated on the Mughal Road on the outskirts of Shopian town and surrounded by the Rambiara rivulet, orchards, and an army camp.
The convention was attended by hundreds of party workers, mostly coming from tribal areas. Besides former chief minister Omar Abdullah, senior leaders Ali Muhammad Sagar, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Showkat Hussain Ganie, and Shabir Ahmad Kullay addressed the gathering of workers.
Elections in Shopian district for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat will be held on May 6. Due to the threat of militancy in south Kashmir, the Election Commission of India had decided to hold elections for the Anantnag seat in three phases. Polling in the first two phases has already been held with very low voter turnout.
Abdullah said at the convention that the five years of Narendra Modi’s government were of destruction for Kashmir. He blamed the regional party PDP for abetting this destruction.
“A conspiracy was hatched by the PDP to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A. Why is she (Mehbooba Mufti) wailing now?” he said. “It was PDP who brought GST to the state and made people and businessmen suffer. Who doesn’t remember the toffee-and-milk remark of our former chief minister?”
Omar said that the NC’s candidate, Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi was a competent person to serve the people of Kashmir. “He is the person who first gave a judgement in support of Article 35A,” Omar said, adding that if needed, the retired judge would defend it in the Supreme Court of India.
He reiterated his party’s commitment to scrap the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA). “If voted to power, we will end the menace of PSA, and will fight to lift the ban on Jama’at-e-Islami. A political dialogue will be started with the Government of India to bring back peace,” he said.
Omar appealed to people to come out in full support of the NC by casting their vote.
Today’s convention was one of many that have been held at the circuit house Shopian. No candidate as yet has held a public gathering in any part of Shopian district, probably due to security reasons. The circuit house is considered as a safe place where tight security arrangements are made before any gathering is held.