'Kashmiris Are Not Beggars', Says Former CM Omar Abdullah On Elections In J&K
The former chief minister stated that one of the reasons why elections were not held in the Union Territory was because of the removal of people from homes and public areas.
NEW DELHI: Omar Abdullah, the leader of the National Conference and a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, stated on Tuesday that while the Kashmiri people have a right to vote, they will not beg the government for it.
"So be it if elections are not held this year! None of us are begging. I've repeated it numerous times: Kashmiris are not panhandlers. We have the right to vote, but we won't beg for it in front of them. They want to bring back our elections, which is wonderful. Omar was quoted by the media as saying to reporters in the Anantnag district, "But if they don't want to do it, so be it.
The former chief minister stated that one of the reasons why elections were not held in the Union Territory was because of the removal of people from homes and public areas. According to him, the central government, which is run by the BJP, is aware that an elected administration will work to mend the people's wounds while it merely serves to aggravate them.
"For this reason, no elections are being held. The people are to be "harassed" by them. People seem to have a tendency to intensify the hurt rather than applying balm to it, he said.
In addition, the leader of the National Conference asserted that arming village defence guards in the wake of recent terrorist attacks was a government admission of failure. He asserted that the BJP's assertion that "gun culture will start to decline" at the moment the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked was unfounded.
The country was informed on August 5th, 2019 that Article 370 is to blame for the presence of guns in Kashmir and that once it is repealed, the culture of gun ownership will begin to decline. On the ground, though, it is obviously not the case. The quantity of security forces personnel is growing in response to the type of attack we witnessed in Rajouri and the situation in Kashmir. The situation is not under control, as indicated by all of this. Now the government must act in this way," he continued.