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Show me development in Kashmir and I will pack my bags: Omar dares Modi govt

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah Wednesday expressed dismay over the “autocratic style of governance” of the BJP-led Indian government asking where was the peace, development, transformation that was promised post Article 370 rollback in J&K.

He also said that if he is proven wrong, he will pack his bags and remain silent.

Omar is on a week-long tour of the Chenab Valley region comprising the Ramban, Doda, and Kishtwar districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a rally in Bhaderwah, Omar said, “Where is peace, development, and transformation in Jammu and Kashmir that was promised by the BJP government post Article 370 roll back in J&K. The situation is alarming.”

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said that National Conference is committed to fighting for the restoration of the special Status and statehood for Jammu and Kashmir till the ultimate goal is achieved.

Asking people what change they have witnessed on the ground since August 2019, he said, “If you report any improvement, I’ll stay silent and I’ll not come again to seek votes for my party. Keep religion, caste, creed, and regional politics aside and ask yourselves if there has been any improvement in our lives. If the answer is negative, we have to set the accounts straight at the time of voting,” he said, cautioning people to remain vigilant against polarisation attempts ahead of the polls.

He said if he was proven wrong on his claims, “he will  pack his bags and remain silent.”

“National Conference is not fighting for its own interests but our struggle is for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We are fighting for the restoration of our rights for which we have been divested on August 5, 2019, and our firm resolve is to keep fighting till we attain our goal,” he thundered from the stage.

“Show me even a single developmental project that has been sanctioned by this government in Jammu and Kashmir, all the projects which are shown by the PM Narendra Modi led government was started during my regime,” Omar claimed.

“I want to ask the Central government what has changed after the abrogation of articles 370 and 35-A and after a consequent reorganization of J&K and downgrading the erstwhile state,” Omar said.
“Every promise that Modi government made has proved to be misleading as the situation has reached a stage where we have to knock on every door for justice. The peace is nowhere to be seen,” he rued.

He also said that the law and order situation had further worsened post 5th August 2019 and the bunkers which had been removed by his government owing to improvement and normalcy in the Valley have returned again amidst an increase in forces’ footprints.

“This is an eye-opener for everyone to understand that the decision Centre to scrap article 370 and bifurcate state to pave a way for the normalcy and peace was just to take communally motivated political mileage only out of it,” he added.

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