National Conference vice president, Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that Article 370 wouldn’t have been removed in case his party could have formed the government after the 2014 elections.
“We were aware of the intentions of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and warned Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. We even warned him of the repercussions after the bonhomie with BJP and the alliance he had entered into with the BJP,” Omar told a gathering in Jammu.
He said that the people of J&K have paid a heavy price for the PDP-BJP alliance.
Omar said that NC had extended support to Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed after the 2014 polls and told him that the party is not power-hungry but wants to keep BJP at bay, but “they didn’t listen to us.”
“NC couldn’t win from maximum seats during the 2014 elections, but had NC formed the government after 2014, Article 370 and 35A would have never been removed, Roshni lands would have never been snatched, contactors from outside would have never been called here,” he said.
The former chief minister said that at this stage he has no intentions to gain power but to fight for the rights of the people of J&K. “I have served as the Chief Minister of J&K and I don’t want power at this stage,” he said.
Omar said that BJP claims that post abrogation of article 370, J&K has witnessed peace, prosperity, and development but “whatever has happened is quite visible to one and all on the ground.”