Will struggle for restoration of people’s rights: Omar Abdullah

Will struggle for restoration of people’s rights: Omar Abdullah
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Gool: National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah Saturday said that NC would keep up with its struggle for the restoration of people’s rights, which were “unilaterally, unconstitutionally and undemocratically” abridged on 5 August 2019.

A statement of NC issued here said that addressing a convention of workers at Gool in Ramban, Abdullah said that he was baffled to see the government’s policy on J&K.

“We have no idea which direction J&K is being dragged towards. We are clueless about what the present ruling dispensation in New Delhi wants to achieve for us. The only thing we keep hearing is that there was no development before 2019. Let us believe this postulation for a second, then where did the infrastructure, which is present on the ground in J&K come from? Where did the colleges, highways, roads, hospitals come from? Does this mean that all the infrastructure, health, and educational facilities came up out of nowhere in a jiffy? Such claims are implausible since J&K fared well on all HDI indicators and even outstripped various developed states before 5 August 2019. This is shoddy propaganda peddled by the Centre premised on the so-called mishandling of J&K by a few families. Now that the Centre is directly holding the reins of power in its hands and Articles 370 and Article 35-A aren’t in their way, what is impeding them from giving practical expression to their projected claims on development and investment? Where is the much-touted development? Where is the promised job extravaganza for our youth?” he said.

Abdullah said that the NC government had brought in Jammu and Kashmir’s Roshni Act to provide land to the landless poor but the present regime was using the pro-people law for communal rhetoric about “land Jihad”.

“The fate of thousands of people who had invested their hard-earned money to buy land under this scheme is in the lurch. If there was any discrepancy, it should have been brought forth,” he said.

Abdullah said that NC gave voice to the voiceless but the decisions of 5 August 2019 took away that voice.

“Today the press in J&K is not allowed to show the real picture. Not because the press doesn’t want to write it. It is because of the threatening and intimidating journalists and not allowing them to operate freely. One only gets to see shoddy government propaganda and PRs of the government in the press. Those who fail to comply are being subjected to discrimination in terms of government advertisements,” he said.

“Today the situation has nosedived to such a low that we have to protest for handing bodies to their kin. The situation is such that young Amir, who was killed in Srinagar had to be buried at Handwara. His father, who is still guarded by Police for his prominent role in curbing militancy in his remote hamlet, is knocking at different doors to get his son’s body. This is what the situation is! We have to take to roads, not for justice but handing over bodies back to their kin,” Abdullah said.

He said that leaders who were elected from the Chenab Valley failed to ensure equitable development in this region.

“Far from keeping up the good work done by the NC-led government until 2015, these people deliberately chose to shut their eyes to the development demands of Chenab Valley. These forces are working with a single mission of dividing the voice in Chenab Valley and keeping it out of the development radar,” Abdullah said.

He said that the abrogation was premised to end discrimination and bring J&K at par with other states. “One country, one law was the catchword. But today we have two laws for the erstwhile regions of the state, which acceded with the union together in 1947. In Ladakh, the government has retained the state subject and exclusive rights of locals on land and jobs,” Abdullah said.

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