Inderwal: National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that had NC been voted to power in 2015, no one would have dared to touch the unique constitutional status of J&K.
A statement of NC issued here said that addressing a gathering at TRC Chatroo in Inderwal constituency, Abdullah said, “It was our absence that emboldened them to pursue such a drastic step.
Our mere presence would have deterred them from taking such unilateral decisions. Today I am not here to canvas for elections, I am not here to seek votes. Whenever the elections are held, I will come at that time to seek your votes on a specific agenda. Today I am here to caution you about the ongoing strides of these forces on your rights. The attacks on our constitutional rights have not seen any cessation. On the contrary, our rights continue to be encroached upon steadily. It is you people who can arrest this attack on the few remaining rights we have. Supporting NC morally and electorally is more needed at this time than it was ever before.”
He said 5 August 2019 decisions were a wake-up call for the people of J&K.
Abdullah said that a strong NC was the need of the hour to keep the divisive forces at bay and protect the vital interests of the people of J&K.
“The jobs and contracts that were meant for locals went to outsiders. Today you have no rights over your mineral resources including the water. This region provides electricity to lakhs of households but the majority of the households here are still reeling under darkness,” he said. “During our tenure, we sought to give land to landless under the Roshni scheme, but today machinations are underway to snatch the land from our poor Gujjar and Pahari brethren.”