NC will emerge as single-largest party again: Omar
SRINAGAR: Asking Union Government to make its stand known about flood victim rehabilitation, working president of the ruling National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah today said his party will again emerge as single largest party in the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing an election rallies at Langate and Kulgam, Mr Abdullah said the NC was poised to emerge as the single largest party in the elections.
He said the elections of 2014 were similar to the elections of 1977 where NC attained a spectacular majority in the State Assembly in stark contrast to perceptions that had been engineered ahead of the polls.
“In 1977 Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was unwell and bedridden and all our enemies with their stooges and vassals in tow, united against us in their ambition to weaken the State’s special status and to erode Article 370. But our opponents were defeated,” he said adding “I am certain that today when it is your chance to bear the flag of Kashmir’s dignity, you will ensure a repeat of 1977 and make NC victorious.”
Lashing out at opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Abdullah alleged that Mufti Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti had ruthlessly exploited the Kashmir issue and its allied human sufferings to score partisan points by mining bleeding hearts for votes.
“They remember the Kashmir issue when they are either sitting in the opposition or when elections are around the corner, he said and alleged that when they (PDP) were in power they not only forgot the Kashmir issue but sabotaged all possible pro-Kashmir measures and stands that the Legislative Assembly could have taken.
Mr Abdullah said today that they speak about Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail and alter buried there. The fact is that Afzal Guru’s legal fight started and ended while Mufti Sayeed was the Chief Minister. Guru was indicted, convicted and sentenced to death during PDP tenure with Congress, the party that was also in power at the Center.
He expressed amusement at how Kupwara’s Peoples’ Conference (PC) chief Sajjad Gani Lone had gone from being an ad nausema moral pontificator to plunging to the completely opposite political pole of aligning with the RSS, a turnaround that seemed unimaginable in a place like Kashmir.
“A vote for PC would not merely be a vote for the BJP but for the RSS itself, whose leaders were brazenly welcomed by PC throwing to winds the sentiments and apprehensions of the people of Kashmir”, Omar Abdullah said while stating that PC had become a political vassal of the RSS and the people of Kupwara should be conscious of elaborate plans that were being hatched to sell their future off for personal political ambitions.
Omar sees hope in high voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Seeing a hope in high voter turnout in the first-phase assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said people turning out in large numbers to cast their votes should not be necessarily seen as anti-incumbency wave.
“Experts who would like to suggest a high turnout means anti-incumbency should look at the Lok Sabha polls where low turnout cost us all three seats (in the valley),” Omar wrote on microblogging site Twitter.
The 15 assembly seats in J&K, which went to polls today, saw a high voter turnout of 71.28 per cent.
“Can’t have it both ways – low turnout = anti-incumbency & high turnout = anti-incumbency. I’m glad people have voted and hope this continues,” Omar said.
“I wonder how long it will be before someone gives the credit for the high voter turnout to the BJP,” the chief minister said. (AGENCIES)