KV News

BJP arousing religious passion for electoral success, says Omar

BJP arousing religious passion for electoral success, says Omar
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

Rules out alliance with any political party

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Jammu: Accusing the BJP of misleading the people, National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah alleged Monday the party built the tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat, but could not keep the promise of constructing a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
He said the BJP was reverting to its tactics of arousing religious passion for electoral success ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“After four and a half years, the BJP is again talking about religion…You have made the biggest statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat. You had also talked about a Ram temple but did not keep the promise,” he said at an event at the party headquarters here.
He said a small temple, not the largest in the world, would have worked.
He said the BJP was talking about the Ram temple to mislead the people.
“Now they are propagating it again. The processions are being carried out in Delhi, Mumbai and other places as the party is hearing the bells of defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,” Abdullah said.
He said time has changed and now the voters are more interested in measures taken for their welfare than anything else.
Omar also ruled out a pre-poll alliance with any party for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, saying his party had joined hands with the PDP and Congress to “save the state”.
The PDP had on November 21 staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival National Conference (NC) and the Congress. This was followed by another bid from the two-member People’s Conference which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 MLAs from other parties.
After these developments, Governor Satyapal Malik abruptly dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on the night of November 21.
“We will fight the (assembly) election on our own When we talk about forming the next government on our own, then there is no scope of leaving any seat for anyone, even as I know they are eyeing some seats,” Abdullah said Monday while addressing a function at party headquarters here.
Defending his party’s decision to join hands with the PDP and Congress to stake claim for the formation government, the NC vice president said it was a difficult decision, taken to save the state after fighting as bitter rivals in the 2014 elections.
“We decided to do something to save the state, to strengthen the communal harmony and brotherhood, to restore peace – it was not an easy decision. I was aware that my party will suffer politically due to this decision,” he said.
Asserting that he choose the state over his party, as it was for the betterment of Jammu and Kashmir and its people, Abdullah said the NC was to extend support to the PDP and Congress from outside and the government was to run for the time being till the situation gets back to normal for holding of fresh elections.
He called for holding of assembly polls in the state along with the general elections next year, and also challenged the BJP to announce its chief ministerial candidate while accusing the saffron party of betraying the people of Jammu region who had given it 26 seats in the last state elections.
The NC vice president said his party is prepared to face the people, unlike the BJP which is “trying to delay the elections on one pretext or the other knowing fully that it will face a drubbing in polls”.
“We have started selection of candidates for the state polls. The only condition is, give me a candidate who can win. There may be some seats where we have no chance, but there are seats which we have been winning and the time has come to take these seats back,” the former chief minister said.
He said the BJP claimed that the plan to form the government was orchestrated in Dubai and London at the behest of Pakistan.
“We were not the one. But the second letter (from Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone) came from London,” Abdullah said.
“When I asked him (Ram Madhav) to prove (the allegation), he took his words back, because he was caught in his own lies,” he said.
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on November 22 withdrew his words after a furious Omar Abdullah dared him to prove his allegation that his party had tied up with the PDP to form government in Jammu and Kashmir at Pakistan’s behest.
Abdullah said the PDP-Congress-NC combine had the numbers and there was no scope for horse-trading or any other malpractice here, unlike the BJP-supported group which had only 28 MLAs together.
The governor claimed that there were horse-trading attempts, he said and asked the BJP where did the other MLAs required to form the government came from.
“I can say with authority that the MLAs got threats from agencies. One MLA was told that either be part of the government for two years or prepare for arrest by NIA.
“Another senior MLA was threatened that a CBI case against him will be opened. This is the problem those who are not able to come from the front door, are trying to grab the power by breaking the back door like a thief,” Abdullah said.
“The compulsion when they (BJP) handed over the chief minister post to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is understood as they had 26 MLAs while the PDP had 28. But how they can justify bringing a chief minister from a two-member party,” he said.
The NC vice president claimed that the BJP will face drubbing in the next assembly elections given the mood of the people.
“When the bugle for assembly elections is sounded, we will emerge winner.
“Our strategy will be – to highlight the failures of the previous government and to reach out to the people and make them aware about the programmes and planning of the party for different sections of the society, besides focusing on basic amenities like water, power and roads,” Abdullah said.

KV News

Kashmir Vision cover all daily updates for the newspaper

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *