At Srinagar rally, Omar says PDP, BJP, PC 'destroyed J&K'

The ‘agenda of alliance’ between the Bharatiya Janata Party, Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference in 2015 gave “rebirth” to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and led to “destruction” of the state, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said on Monday.

Addressing an election rally here, Omar asked the three parties about the achievements made by them under the ‘agenda of alliance’ during their rule in the state.

“Except for destruction what did you achieve? You gave rebirth to the gun. The areas which were declared free of militancy during our government, you gave rebirth to militancy there,” Omar said.

The AoA was a governance document agreed upon by PDP and BJP in 2015 for governing the state. Sajad Lone, who is chairman of the PC, was given a ministerial birth in the state government later under BJP quota. Omar said his government had started the process for removing 40 bunkers from Srinagar following “improvement in the situation”.

“Under their government they built two-storey bunkers, blinded young boys and girls. Their four years of rule led to destruction of the state. People had forgotten crackdowns but your rule led to fear, panic and return of crackdowns,” said Omar.   

“During these four years of destruction, particularly 2016, we never heard a word of sympathy from Prime Minister (NarendraModi), neither did he apologise once for the situation created during their rule,” Omar said. Hitting out at the three parties for “destroying” the state, Omar said if J&K’s special position was under attack today, the three parties were to be blamed.  “See our condition today. Both Article 370 and Article 35A are under attack today because of them,” he said.  

Omar said during his election speeches, the Prime Minister was “issuing threats” against the state and “threatening” his party, National Conference, saying “he won’t allow us to succeed”.

“Let you (the Prime Minister) be worried about your success on May 23 (counting day). Your position is so weak today that you had to bring together so many parties,” said Omar, adding the Prime Minister was talking about National Conference in every poll rally which “goes on to show that he has been shaken”.

He referred to his speech in Bandipora where he had promised that he will work for restoring positions of Prime Minister and Sadr-e-Riyasat of the state, if voted to power. Modi has since hit out at National Conference over the issue saying he won’t allow anybody to “divide the country”. Omar said his promise was nothing new and it was in fact part of National Conference’s poll manifesto for earlier elections also.

He questioned the PM why didn’t he raise objections to his promise for restoration of state’s autonomy earlier.

“The (union) ministers who are today writing against me, I have worked with them in (AtalBiharai) Vajpayee government when we passed autonomy resolution with two-thirds majority in the state assembly. That time they had no objection,” said Omar.

Referring to Modi’s yesterday speech in Kathua, where he attacked Abdullahs and Muftis for “dynasty rule” in the state, Omar said the Prime Minister had made the same speech during 2014 elections.

“Then what did you do in January 2015. You embraced one of the two families (Muftis) and you didn’t wait for even two months. Then you made two chief ministers from the same family. Please stand by your words,” Omar said.

He also hit out at PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for failing to deliver on the AoA.  “Did relations between India and Pakistan improve during your tenure? Did Hurriyat talks happen? Did dialogue happen on Kashmir? Did they (PDP) get the power projects back? Had BJP not withdrawn support to her, she would have been sitting with them.

Those who didn’t achieve anything in five years, what shall we expect from them,” he said. “Except for betrayals they didn’t give anything to the state. Today Mehboobasahiba says she will raise her voice in Delhi for people. Mehboobaji why didn’t we hear your voice for four years? Why didn’t we hear your voice when GST was imposed in the state? Where were you when RSS took out rallies in Jammu, Kathua and Baderwah, brandishing weapons to frighten Muslims?” Omar asked. “Shall we forget 2016 when you didn’t allow Friday prayers in Jamia mosque and locked it?”