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PAGD should contest assembly polls jointly against BJP, its allies: Omar Abdullah

‘J&K annexed with India on basis of equal treatment to all religions’

Post by on Thursday, April 28, 2022

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Srinagar, April 27: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that he would suggest that the constituents of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) should contest the next Assembly elections jointly in Jammu and Kashmir to keep the BJP and its allies at bay.
“I am not an office bearer of the PAGD but if I would be asked for a suggestion, my personal opinion and recommendation would be that PAGD should contest elections jointly. We should not allow the division of votes by the BJP and its B or C teams,” Omar Abdullah said.
Stating that this is his personal suggestion only, the decision of which is to be taken by the PAGD only.
Omar Abdullah made these comments while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the youth convention of National Conference held at party headquarters, Nawa-e-Subh complex in Srinagar.
Omar Abdullah said that this is not the same India with whom Jammu and Kashmir had acceded, as we annexed India just on the basis that every religion would be viewed and treated from an equal perspective.
“We were told that all religions will be treated equally, on that basis of that we annexed to India, but it is not the same India with whom Jammu and Kashmir annexed, we were not told that one religion would be given more importance and other religions would be suppressed, if this would have been told us then our decision would have been something else,” Omar said.
In a response to a question over a circular issued by a school in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district asking teachers not to use Hijab during school hours, NC vice-president Omar Abdullah said that “wrong environment is being created for politics.
“The school must be existing from sometime, how the education was not getting affected before, they are realizing this effect after Karnataka, I am sorry to say but I feel the wrong environment is being created for politics and it is not only Hijab, we are being told not to use loud speakers, not to consume Halal meat, this is in our faith and show me the Muslim who forced to anyone to eat Halal meat,” Omar Abdullah said.
Reacting over the announcement of listing of hearing on Article 370 and 35 A Omar Abdullah said that it is a welcome step that Supreme Court is going to hear the petition on abrogation of article 370, however, he said that they have request that the Supreme Court must start the hearing on the case on fast track basis.
“A lot of changes were made after 5 August, 2019 which should not have been made and if there is delay in its judgment the reversal of these changes is difficult then. We want this case to be taken on a fast track basis and the court should announce its verdict”, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said.

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