NC open to alliance in JK if Congress agrees to seat-sharing offer: Omar

NC open to alliance in JK if Congress agrees to seat-sharing offer: Omar
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Anantnag, Mar 17: National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Sunday asserted that his party was open to a pre-poll alliance for the upcoming Parliament elections if Congress agrees to its seat sharing formula.
“Yes, we have received an offer from the Congress for a pre-poll alliance. But we are very clear about going ahead with the alliance only if our candidates contest all the Lok Sabha seats in the valley,” Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of J&K, told reporters on the sidelines of a party function in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.
All the six Lok Sabha seats in the state — three in Kashmir, two in Jammu and one in Ladakh – will go to polls in five phases between April 11 and May 6, 2019.
Hitting out at the BJP-led NDA government for not holding Assembly elections with Lok Sabha elections, he said it amounts to denying the people of the state their democratic right to form an elected government.
Meanwhile, reacting to former IAS officer Shah Faesal launching a new party — the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement – on Sunday, Mr Abdullah said it remains to be seen whether the party would have something new to offer to the people of the state.
Answering a question about the crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), he said that he never felt the need to ban the JeI when he was the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a party convention at Dakbanglow Anantnag, Abdullah said, “On principally I am not against new people joining politics. But why is that these one man armies mushrooms only in Kashmir? Why isn’t such a trend seen in Ladakh and Jammu division? It is obvious that the main rationale behind propping of the one man army is to weaken the voice of Kashmiris. Sheikh Abdullah had already foretold that after his death the center would create leaders in every street of Kashmir.”
“We are delighted to have personalities like Pir Muhammad Hussain and Justice Tauqeer in our fold. They could also have come up with parties but their conscience didn’t allow them. They have undertaken to be a part of a greater force to fight the divisive agenda of forces as are hell bent to divide us,” he said.
Accusing PDP of bartering and betraying the mandate of people they were entrusted with in 2014, he said, “Now that the trumpet of elections has been blown. It is the right time to ask questions to PDP. We were also expecting assembly polls simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections but it didn’t happen. Nevertheless it is the right time to seek answers from PDP.”
He said the same PDP that sought votes in 2014 assembly elections on the pretext of keeping BJP out of power formed an alliance with the saffron party to make government. “We in a first, keeping aside our differences with PDP, offered them unconditional support to form government, which they denied. Our reach out to them was solely for the purpose of stopping BJP to make inroads into the state. What followed is known to all,” he said.
“What they (PDP) did to state can be gauged from the fact that even GoI wasn’t able to conduct the parliamentary by elections in Anantnag. Elsewhere in the country 30-40 parliamentary constituencies will go for poll on a single day but here the elections to Anantnag parliament constituency will be conducted in three phases. This reveals how much damage PDP-BJP has done to the situation in Kashmir. This noticeably reveals the havoc PDP has created in Kashmir,” he said.
Flaying PDP for not respecting the mandate of people especially the people of south Kashmir, the NC vice president alleged that the catch-words like ‘Healing Touch’, ‘Goli Sai Nahi Boli Say’ turned out to be a damp squib. “These catch words never materialize however there was a rise in the crackdowns; more bunkers propped up in their tenure; the steep rise in the intimidation of old and young; use of pellet guns; the spree of blinding people and what not,” he said.
He said there were many groups which had supported PDP in the run up for elections. However, he said PDP by joining hands with BJP didn’t left any eye shorn of tear.
Upping the ante at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, he said, “Had PDP president and the Ex-Chief minister shed tears when our youth were devoured upon in 2016, it would have had any impact.”
“One may inquire from her as to where was her concern when the people of Kashmir were subjected to worst of human rights violations. It was during her tenure that people were used as human shield; where was her sympathy and empathy for those who were blinded, bruised in her tenure. People are a good judge of character of PDP and its stint in power. The hobnobbing of PDP with BJP unleashed plethora of miseries on the people of state in particular the people of valley,” he alleged.
“When in power it was same Mehbooba who had mocked the death of youth with her scornful ‘milk toffee’ comments. When in power she was the one who said that the guns of forces are not for display but for action. Now given the fact that elections are nearing, she is again shedding the crocodile tears. This time the people of south Kashmir won’t fall prey to her theatrics,” he added.