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Omar pled for NC-BJP alliance, was rejected: Sajad 

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Srinagar, Apr 9: Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday alleged that National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah met BJP President after the 2014 polls to seek his support for becoming Chief Minister.

Addressing a rally in north Kashmir’s Handwara town, Sajad said Omar met BJP President along with two other persons after 2014 polls for working out power sharing pact in the State.

In an open challenge, Sajad had Monday asked Omar to reveal which national party president he had met after 2014 polls for seeking support to become CM.

 

Sajad said that Omar met the top BJP leadership after the 2014 elections for more than two and half hours and sought support to become the Chief Minister.

“Omar Abdullah, after the 2014 polls, met the top BJP leadership for more than two and half hours in a high rise building at Connaught Place and sought support from them to form the government. The deal that he had offered them was for a rotational chief minister wherein he would be the CM for 3 years and the BJP would have their Chief Minister from Jammu for 3 years. However, the deal was rejected by the top BJP leadership.”

Sajad said that Omar, who has been “beating everyone with the BJP stick, is in in fact a BJP reject”.

“Let him rebut what we are saying. Omar has been accusing every political opponent of being close to the BJP. May I ask Omar that if he is so ideologically opposed to the BJP, then why did he meet their top leadership for more than two and a half hours? Why did he beg for their support to become the Chief Minister? He was he so desperate for their support that he was even willing to accept a Jammu’s CM for three years. However, his offer was rejected by the BJP leadership after which he has been beating everyone with the BJP stick. Had the BJP accepted his offer, he would have whole heartedly accepted the BJP and their demand for Chief Minister from Jammu,” he said.

On AFSPA, Sajad said that “military measures have outlived their utility, if any, in Kashmir.”

“Non-military measures are overdue. And nonmilitary measures would mean full reversal of the erosion to state’s special status. BJP needs to understand that AFSPA is a part of the problem and cannot become a part of the solution. Arrogance and belligerence won’t take the BJP too far in Kashmir”, he added.


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Will visit Jammu and Kashmir if required: CJI

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said that if required he will visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation amid allegations that people are unable to approach the court. “If a need arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation,” he said while hearing a plea on the restrictions since the abrogation of Article 370.

The CJI also asked the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court to send a report on the matter. “It is a serious issue,” the court observed after child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly submitted that litigants are not able to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court had asked the Central government to file an affidavit on the petitions challenging the abrogation of the provisions under Article 370. Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.

Following this, a batch of petitions were filed in the top court challenging it.

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Will take legal course to challenge Farooq Abdullah”s detention under PSA: NC

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Srinagar, Sep 16: The National Conference (NC) on Monday said the party would take legal course to challenge the detention of its president Farooq Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

“They have no justification to do that, but if they have booked him (Abdullah) under the PSA, then what can we do. We can only approach the courts. We will take constitutional and legal recourse,” senior NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone told reporters here.

Lone, the MP from north Kashmir, said the government”s move is unfortunate and it is a matter of shame that Abdullah has been booked under this act.

“If there was anyone who would talk of India here, it was Abdullah. If anyone has been abused, it is Abdullah and today, this is how India pays him. This is very unfortunate,” he said.

Abdullah has been detained under the stringent PSA, which enables authorities to detain any individual for two years without trial, sources said

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Day 39: Normal life still out of gear in Kashmir; schools remain shut, public transport off roads

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Srinagar: Normal life remained affected in Kashmir as the stalemate following the abrogation of Article 370 entered its 39th day on Thursday with schools closed and public transport off the roads, officials said.

Restrictions on the movement or assembly of people have been lifted from most areas of the valley, but security forces continued to be deployed to maintain law and order, the officials said.

They said the authorities were also considering easing out restrictions on mobile communications and restoring voice call services.

 

While landlines across the valley were functional, voice calls on mobile devices were working only in Kupwara and Handwara police districts of north Kashmir.

However, normal life remained severely affected across the valley due to shutdown which entered 39th day on Thursday, the officials said.

Markets and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport was off the roads across the valley, they added.

Internet services remained suspended across all platforms, the officials said.

The efforts of the state government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety.

Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into custody while mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.

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