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Upcoming elections crucial for state’s identity: Omar Abdullah

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Srinagar, Jan 29: National Conference vice president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that the forthcoming elections are crucial for safeguarding the special status of state besides deciding the scope of development for next half a decade.

Omar Abdullah who was addressing worker’s convention at At Ratsun Beeerwah said, “People of the state this time should make clear to those sitting on power corridors in New Delhi how passionately the people of State feel about their identity.”

 

Omar said that only a democratic government can satiate the developmental needs of the state, and that governor not being a people’s representative cannot decide on crucial issues that the state is facing.

“The mammoth task of putting state back on the track of development which includes giving due representation to Pir Panchal and Chenab regions, infrastructure augmentation in health and education sector, diversification of agriculture can only be executed by a democratically elected government with the active participation of people,” he said.

“People have seen it all how the non participation of NC in the ULB and Panchayat Elections has opened flood gates for such forces as are naïve towards the suffering of people,” he said.

Omar maintained that people of the state want elections as soon as possible. “People don’t want to wait any more for elections. A governor, owing to its non representative character cannot do what a democratically elected government can do,” he said.

Omar said that he will continue to work for Beerwah constituency and its people. “I am indebted to the people of people for accepting me. Being in opposition I tried my level best to work for the development of the constituency, but I know there is a lot that needs to be done in terms of infrastructure building and ensuring all other amenities to people,” he said adding what good was achieved in terms of development in Beerwah is just a specimen and a speck of what will be done once NC comes to power.

The vice President said that he had got RS 50 Crore earmarked for the up gradation of infrastructure vis-à-vis power-supply in Beerwah but the project was put in cold storage afterwards. “I am aware of the needs of Beerwah and that a lot more is to be done in terms of employment generation.

However a lot is to be done in bringing Beerwah on the map of tourism, and augmentation of basic infrastructure,” he said.
“When in government we will leave no stone unturned to address the developmental demands of the people of Beerwah,” he said.

Omar said the idea of coalition governments didn’t auger well for our state. “The example of PDP-BJP government is a case in point. The need of the hour is to pull the state out of chaos and it can only be done by a strong mandated government. NC with its legacy of service and sacrifice bears the panacea of state’s peculiar issues,” he said.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a public rally at Shangus in Anantnag district, Omar said that holding Lok Sabha and Assembly elections simultaneously in Jammu and Kashmir will be a “litmus test” for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It would sent out a message that situation in Kashmir during three yearlong PDP-BJP coalition rule has become un-conducive for conduct of Asbembly polls in the state,” he said.

Alleging that PDP leaders visit Delhi darbars with the demand for deferment of assembly polls due to its failure in running a coalition government in alliance with BJP during last three years, Omar cited a Supreme Court direction, that the outer limit for holding fresh polls after the dissolution of a house is six months, that is May 21 next year.

He said National Conference has always stood for timely conduct of elections and is vehemently opposed to any deferment of the assembly polls in the state.

 

We are ready for polls, Omar misinformed, fabricating facts: PDP

Anantnag, Jan 29: Taking a dig at NC Vice President and Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, over his remarks that PDP is approaching centre to postpone the Assembly elections, Rafi Ahmad Mir, PDP’s Chief Spokesperson said that National Conference is clearly misinformed, we are ready for the electoral battle, its upto ECI now to take a call.
In a statement issued, Mir said our party is ready for people’s court but this statement by Omar Abdullah is misinformed with a political colour, clearly inventing information to misguide masses. He said that PDP representative in the All Party meet held by ECI, advocated for early polls, it’s a constitutional requirement also to conduct polls in a time bound manner, why would PDP object to that Mir said.
He said that after threadbare discussions with party cadre, our stand is clear and misinformation by the former Chief Minister is nothing but a clear sign that the National Conference is out of agenda.