‘J&K issue political, demands political solution’
Srinagar, April 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the low voter turnout in Anantnag and Bijbehara is a lesson for PDP and Mehbooba Mufti.
“The ensuing elections are significant since these provide the people of the state an opportunity to reveal how passionately they feel about their identity including Article 370, Article 35-A,” Omar said.
Addressing two separate public meets at Chawalgam and Homeshalibug, Kulgam, Omar said: “The threats of BJP-RSS to abrogate Art 370, Art 35A will be defeated as the people of the state will not allow them succeed in their nefarious designs. Today, the state is facing an assault on its special status from all sides, however all the machinations of the forces as are inimical to our status will fall flat if the people of our state show resoluteness in protecting the identity and integrity of our state.”
This time the people across the state have taken it upon themselves to trounce the efforts as are hell-bent to destroy the special constitutional status of the state, NC vice president said, adding, “Today’s elections is not about choosing MLAs, today our state is fraught with a challenging situation. The need of the hour is to send a representative to Parliament who can fight for the interests of state, the situation that the state is facing today demands of having a credible voice at Delhi who can work tireless both within and outside parliament for the protection of Art 370, Art 35-A.”
Seeing the scope of work and the challenges we are facing, we considerately fielded Retired Justice Hasnain from Anantnag constituency. He is known for his pronounced judgments on Art 370, Art 35 A. He boasts the necessary political and legal acumen to deal with the situation, he said.
Highlighting the importance of Art 370, Art 35 A, Omar said, “It is needless to say how important Art 370, Art 35-A are for the state and its people. Today the people of our state are masters of its own land. They work on their land, and derive their sustenance from it. God forbid, if these articles are done away with, the consequences that will follow shall be beyond our comprehension.”
“The people of the state will stop to cleave to a respectable denomination which Sher- e- Kashmir bestowed upon them through famous land to tiller reforms and other people-friendly measures. Our kids would not be able to derive various scholarships from government. The youth of our state will cease to be the sole beneficiary of jobs in government sector. Keeping in mind the far-reaching consequences of abrogation of our status, we deemed it fit to have Hasnain Masoodi represent us in parliament from Anantnag,” he added.
While flaying Mebooba Mufti for “betraying, berating and squandering” the trust of people, Omar said: “The amount of disgruntlement and disillusionment of the people against Mehbooba can be gauged from the fact that a place from where she got a lead of 12,000 votes in 2016 elections only saw total 956 people cast their ballot. Even her own brother and a sitting MLC didn’t cast his vote in her favour. If her own brother didn’t repose his faith in her, how can others.”
He said that the promises made by Muftis and PDP on the protection of the special status of J&K were “big lies”.
“They implemented SARFAESI, NFSA, and GST in the state. They brought NIA to state. They failed to deliver on every promise they made in the run up for elections in 2014. They are the ones who provided platform to BJP-RSS in the state,” he said.
Omar said that he is not given to double speaking, and when in power he had publically told the then PM Manmohan Singh that the issue of J&K is political in nature and can only be solved politically.
“Once new government takes the reins of power in centre, we will impress upon them that the issue of J&K can only be solved through talks. We will work for securing our children a secure life. We will work for the restoration of autonomy,” he said