Right Now Times : Omar Abdullah, vice-president of the National Conference and former Chief Minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, has said that he will not contest the assembly elections till Jammu and Kashmir gets the state’s status again.
Omar Abdullah has written an article in the English newspaper Indian Express on Monday (July 27) , in which he has mentioned many important things.
Right Now Times : Omar wrote, “As far as I am concerned, I am absolutely clear that as long as Jammu and Kashmir is a union territory, I will not contest the assembly elections. Having been a member of the most powerful assembly on this earth for six years and being its leader After that I can no longer be a member of the House whose rights have been taken away in this way. “
On August 5 last year (2019), the Narendra Modi-led central government not only removed Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution granting special state status to Jammu and Kashmir, but also abolished the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was divided into two union territories.
Right Now Times : Hundreds of leaders, including Omar Abdullah, his father and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, another former chief minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti, were arrested or arrested just hours before the central government’s decision.
They were arrested earlier without any charges, but in February 2020, some other leaders including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti were imposed Public Safety Act.
Right Now Times : But after seven months, Omar Abdullah was released on 24 March. A week before that, his father and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was also released.
But Mehbooba Mufti is still in custody and was re-imposed PSA in May.
Omar Abdullah has been active on Twitter since his release in March, but for the first time he has written such a long article in a newspaper.
Right Now Times : According to Omar, after Narendra Modi returned to power in 2019, he and his party had the idea that the Central Government could abolish Articles 370 and 35A but they had no idea that the state was divided The tax will be converted into that two union territories.
Umar writes about this, “I met the Prime Minister with some senior officials of my party just a few days before five August. I will not forget that meeting so soon. One day I will write about it. At the moment I will just I can only say that after that meeting we had no idea what was going to happen in the next 72 hours. “
Right Now Times : Omar further writes, “The special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which was the most important and perhaps indispensable part of Jammu and Kashmir’s joining the Union of India, was abolished. Frankly, the BJP will do it, it might That was not surprising, it was the electoral agenda of the BJP of decades. The one that surprised us was the humiliation of us by ending the state’s status and dividing it into two union territories. The status of the state has been increased, but it was for the first time that the status of a state was reduced to a union territory. “
‘Article 370 removed to punish and humiliate people’
Umar has written that till date he has not understood what was the need, except to punish and humiliate the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Right Now Times : He writes, “If the logic behind making Ladakh a separate union territory was that the Buddhist population there was demanding that Ladakh be made a separate union territory, then the demand for a separate state for the people of Jammu was a very old one. If it was based on religion, then it completely ignored the fact that Leh and Kargil, the two districts of Ladakh, are Muslim majority and the people of Kargil are completely against the idea of separating from Jammu and Kashmir. “
‘Jammu and Kashmir is better than Gujarat’
Right Now Times : Omar has written that when the approval was given for the removal of Article 370 in the Indian Parliament, many reasons were given for ending it, but none of the arguments meet the basic criterion.
According to Omar, it was alleged that due to 370, separatist thinking and extremist violence is being encouraged in the state and removing it will end ‘terrorism’ in the state.
Right Now Times : Omar asks, “If this is the case, then why is the same central government forced to say in the Supreme Court that violence is increasing in the state after about a year of removing 370.”
He said that the matter of poverty and investment in the state is also baseless. He said that poverty is very less in Jammu and Kashmir compared to many states of the country. He said that in terms of human development index too, Jammu and Kashmir is much better than Gujarat.