Ground situation should alert people on whom to vote for: Farooq
Assembly elections in JK should not be delayed any further: Omar
Srinagar: National Conference (NC) president, Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said the situation on ground across the country gives a firm reason to the people of Kashmir to make NC candidate victorious from Srinagar parliamentary constituency.
Addressing media persons along with his son Omar Abdullah soon after casting their votes at Munshi Bagh polling station in Burn Hall higher secondary school, he said they tried their best to make public understand their agenda for contesting elections.
“Elections are always same but this time people are more aware of the situation in our nation and are really afraid of what is happening in the country. We are hopeful that people have realized the need to make NC candidate victorious,” he said.
Addressing the reporters, former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah said that 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Kashmir have been significantly different from the by-elections of 2017 when election campaigning remained confined to four walls.
“In 2017 by-elections we barely managed one or two meetings outdoors and all our election activity was confined to closed rooms. In this election, we found electorate far more receptive,” Omar Abdullah said.
Referring to repeated attempts of BJP to erode special status of J&K state, Omar said National Conference will continue their fight to protect Article 35(A) and 370 to safeguard the identity of the people in the state.
“We have been able to send our message to people of J&K state and it is up to them how they perceive it,” he said.
He also pressed for early Assembly Elections for J&K.
Omar Abdullah said given the environment in which elections and campaigning was held in north Kashmir, Central Kashmir and other places government of India and Election Commission (EC) should give people of J&K the opportunity to choose their elected government.
“Government of India is now running out of excuses to delay Assembly polls which were delayed because of Lok Sabha (LS) polls. Now LS elections are due to conclude so we can hope that GoI gives elected government to people, which is their right,” Omar Abdullah said.
Hitting out at BJP for fighting elections on religious lines, Omar said BJP won’t be able to fetch votes on “Mandir-Masjid” politics.
“BJP is changing statements after now and then, earlier it (BJP) used Balakot and Pulwama attack to woo voters and later they started slogan of development which had no takers,” he said.
Omar also questioned BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya being allowed to contest polls when she is out on bail on medical grounds.
“BJP has given ticket to a candidate who is not only an accused in a terror case but is also out on bail on health grounds. If her health condition doesn’t permit her to be in jail, how is she fit to contest elections,” Omar asked.