National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah Sunday said the Jammu and Kashmir leadership of the Congress party was “remote-controlled by their top leadership in New Delhi”.
He was talking to media-persons after addressing an election rally to campaign for the party’s candidate HassnainMasoodi, in Aishmuqam area here.
“The Congress party’s state leadership has no say in decision-making. I have worked with the party for six years. I always found that their state leadership has to seek permission from the central leadership for even taking minor decisions,” Omar said.
He, however, said that their party representative does not have to listen to the voice of New Delhi.
“He even does not have to listen to his own party leadership but only the voice of the people of Kashmir,” Omar said. “Masoodi sahib is the best candidate available right now and I hope the people of south Kashmir will choose him”.
Asking the people to come out and vote for Masoodi on April 23, Omar said: “Though some elements have tried to create an atmosphere of fear in Anantnag, but I hope the people will come out to exercise their franchise. The boycott will only benefit RSS and BJP”.
He said the situation in South Kashmir was better than the scheduled LokSabha by-election of April 2017 which had to be cancelled later.
“The situation for campaigning was much conducive this time around than it was during the scheduled by-elections in 2017,” Omar said.
Omar also castigated the Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti for “facilitating the issuance of fake Permanent Resident Certificates during her rule”.
“When her then cabinet minister Basharat Bukhari sahib brought the issue of issuance of fake state subjects into her notice, she kept it under the carpet instead of initiating a probe into it. So, if she could not protect the special character of our state here, how she could do so in the Parliament?” Omar asked.
He also asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to prove their credentials of being an independent institution.
“If the ECI is really an unbiased institution, then they should take action against senior BJP leaders who have been continuously violating the model code of conduct (MCC),” he said.