End Mistrust By Restoring Statehood After Delimitation in J&K: Omar.
Former Prime Minister and Vice President of the National Conference, Omar Abdullah, made it clear today that the elections in Jammu and Kashmir should be held only after the restoration of the state. He said that the restoration of statehood to J&K after the delimitation and elections is not acceptable to the NC. He said former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has clearly demonstrated this on everyone’s behalf during his meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi on June 24.
While the president of the National Conference, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, said that the meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi was conducted in a cordial manner and that all parties expressed their views. However, he insisted that the meeting was the first step by the Prime Minister to improve the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and that the political process should now begin.
“Let me be frank about it. India’s first prime minister promised the plebiscite and then backed down. The then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao Ji before the elections (1996) promised us autonomy saying that the sky is the limit but not independence. We said that we are asking for autonomy, not independence. He promised us on the floor of the house. Where is? Frankly, there is a level of mistrust and that mistrust must be eliminated. How to remove it, you have to take the call, ”said Dr. Farooq. Dr. Abdullah along with NC Omar Abdullah was speaking to reporters at his residence here after returning from New Delhi.
Omar said that the Declaration of the Popular Alliance for Gupkar was intact.
“Why should (the meeting with the prime minister) be the end of the alliance?” Omar said in response to a question about the future of the PAGD.
Omar said that the PAGD leaders were not summoned to the meeting as an alliance. “In case they were called as an alliance, then only one person would have gone there on behalf of the alliance. The parties were invited there separately. The National Conference, the PDP, and the CPI (M) are all part of the alliance. We didn’t say anything at the meeting that was against the Gupkar Alliance agenda. Gupkar Alliance has been saying that they are not accepting decisions of August 5, 2019, and for this, they would adopt all constitutional, legal and political means to undo it and they are doing so, ”added Omar.