SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC)  Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday reiterated the party’s resolve to fight for the restoration of J&K’s abridged democratic rights.

Addressing party workers convention in south Kashmir’s Tral, Omar said that he was fighting for the people of JK and had no intention of running for any office.

“I have been the chief minister of J&K for six years. It is not something that I aspire to become. I am fighting for a larger cause, it’s the restoration of our dignity, the protection of our unique & historical identity, and our abridged democratic rights. Violence has never been our forte, we will continue to fight democratically, constitutionally, legally, and peacefully. We won’t go back on our promises, we will continue with our struggle,” he said.

He further said that NC’s series of successful conventions have irked it’s political opponents whose political rallies fail to get traction.” Everyone is training guns on NC, be it a leader who had pinned his hopes on us for becoming Chief Minister or the ones who were either once part of PAGD or are still part of the formation. The groundswell of support  for us seems to cause a lot of heartburn for these people.”

“Where is the promised development, where are the jobs?” Omar asked, challenging the BJP’s development promises after the revocation of Art 370.

He said far from delivering on their claims, the ruling BJP government has plunged people of J&K into an abyss of hopelessness. “Our Gujjar brothers are being denied rights over forests. Shortage of basic utility services and the administrative deficit is taking a toll on us. People have no idea about where to go to redress their woes,” he added.


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