Omar Abdullah Says August 5, 2019, was a Day of Betrayal for Jammu and Kashmir


SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah questioned why New Delhi abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 when it was already hollowed out and serving no purpose.

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Addressing a public gathering in Magam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the NC vice-president said that what was done on August 05, 2019 was a trauma for people of Jammu and Kashmir which cannot be forgotten.

“Our identity, respect and dignity were snatched on that day. Our State was downgraded into two Union Territories. Since then disappointment and alienation have increased among people of Jammu and Kashmir particularly in youth. I want to ask those forces who are saying what was lying in Article 370. If there was nothing left then why New Delhi abrogated it,” Omar Abdullah said

Responding to a query, the NC leader said “It is not clear yet what was the aim of the Home Minister’s visit to Kashmir. Earlier it was said the HM will take stock of security arrangements pertaining to the annual Amarnath Yatra but that proved wrong. It was actually an exercise to direct the administration, BJP and their proxies (A, B & C teams) to defeat the National Conference in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. But the Almighty is with us and we are getting overwhelming support from people”.

He added those forces who were claiming victory till yesterday, have now changed their stand on me. “J&K Peoples Conference’s Sajad Lone was doing activities for his own victory till yesterday but today after sensing people’s inclination towards NC have changed his stand and are more concerned for my defeat now”, he added. (KNS)



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