SRINAGAR: Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister, criticised the Election Commission of India (ECI), calling it “shameful” that the Supreme Court had to intervene in the matter of elections in Jammu and Kashmir instead of the poll body taking appropriate action.

Speaking at ABP Network’s ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0 in Mumbai, Omar reiterated that Article 370 was not the root cause of uncertainty, dismissing claims suggesting otherwise. He highlighted a rise in militant attacks in areas that were previously considered terror-free, especially in hilly parts of Jammu, Rajouri, and Poonch.

Criticising the BJP-led government over targeted killings in the valley, Omar Abdullah pointed out that more Kashmiri Pandits have been killed in targeted attacks during the current government’s tenure than in the past.

Regarding the much-awaited Assembly polls in JK, the former chief minister noted that the top court directed the assembly elections to be held in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of September 2024. However, he questioned the actions of the BJP and the Government of India in this regard. (KNS)


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