Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice president Omar Abdullah on Monday asserted that ensuing parliament elections are significant since it will have a direct bearing on the special status of the state saying that State’s accession with the union of India was accomplished in lieu of various constitutional safeguards for the state and if the safeguards are tempered with the entire scheme of accession will be under question.
While addressing a public meet at Bandipora, Omar said that Jammu and Kashmir is the only state that executed its accession with the Union of India after securing itself certain constitutional safeguards.
“We are not like any another state of India. Every other state got merged with the union of India. We joined our hands with the union on certain conditions unlike other states of India. Does any other state in India have its own flag and constitution? We handshake with Indian union was subject to certain conditions. Today after 70 years forces as are inimical to our status are trying to backtrack from the conditions. The move will also initiate a debate on the fundamentals of accession; there is no second thought about it. It takes two hands to clap,” adding, “After the unconstitutional arrest of sher- e- Kashmir, our special position was unremittingly tampered with to the extent that now it is the pale shadow of what we had achieved from Delhi, but we would fight any attempt that is aimed to fiddle with our state’s status. We won’t allow any more assail our special status. On the contrary we will strive to get back what was infringed upon. We will work towards to get back the coveted posts of Sadr-e-Riyasat and Prime Minister for our state.”
While rebuffing the uncouth statements of BJP president against Art 35-A, party vice president said that no one knew About Art-35 A until I raised it in the assembly. “I inquired from the then Chief minister about the efforts that were being made by the state government to defend it in the Supreme Court. Only then it came into the realm of debate. In 1947 certain assurances were given to us in the form of securing our identity, and the assurances were for all times. Before Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley also had made some uncouth remarks on art 35-A. Let me put it across that we won’t allow that to happen. Art 370 and art 35- A are articles of faith for us.”
Omar Abdullah while candidly talking about a suitable candidate to Bandipora constituency said, “I am not accusing you of not making our candidate win in this constituency in the assembly elections of 2014. The fault might be lying with us, we did work for the people but we were not able to make public our good work. In elections, we didn’t gave you an appropriate candidate who could have made public the good work done by the party. But I assure you that in the forthcoming assembly elections the party will give you a suitable candidate who could advance the cause of development in this constituency.”
While referring to the development works initiated during his stint as chief minister of the state, Omar said that “During my stint as Chief Minister I left no stone unturned to augment the tourism-related infrastructure in this constituency. I doled out Rs 1 Crore for the building tourist huts at Sadrakoot area of this constituency; however, at present, those huts are inundated under water. My government made all sincere efforts towards investing in tourism-related activities in this area; however, the momentum was not carried forward
by the former BJP-PDP coalition government. I had earmarked Rs 500 Crore for the drudging of World famous Wular Lake but unfortunately, the project was stalled by various ministers of the former BJP-PDP government.”
“Nonetheless when we come to power we will revive the Wular Drudging project and restore the lake to its pristine glory. We will make sure that people who get their sustenance from the lake are taken care of. Once in power, our government will provide Wood Quota to the fishermen families for building boasts, besides that we will ensure them all help to earn a hassle free substance.”
Omar Abdullah while referring to the issues faced by the youth of the state, party president said, “I am alive to the problems the youth of our state is facing due to the serving SRO-202 job policy of the state government. Regrettably, the youth of our start are made to work fully in lieu of paltry remuneration. During my tenure, I had done away with the SRO-202. I repented for my mistake, but I don’t know what caused the former PDP-BJP government to get it back. I assure you once in power we will do away with SRO-202. I have also undertaken to obliterate PSA from the state. During our government the law was mellowed down, nonetheless I
assure you once in power PSA will obliterate from the papers.”
“I don’t backtrack from this undertaking of mine on the abolition of PSA, if NC is voted to power with a strong mandate the law will go. We are not PDP which promised to dissolve Taskforce but ended up just changing the nomenclature of it, this is not what I am I going to do. Once in power, PSA shall become thing of the past.”
Omar while seeking a strong verdict in favor of party’s parliamentary candidate for Baramulla constituency Mohammad Akbar Lone said, “I urge you to send Lone Sb with a huge winning margin to parliament. He has the necessary political wisdom and legal acumen to work for the interests of the state both inside and outside the parliament.”
Among other party’s senior leaders’ general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Mir Ghulam Rassol Naz, Adv Nazir Malik also addressed the gathering.