During my tenure as CM, some ‘Congress friends’ conspired against removal of AFSPA: Omar

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Srinagar, Apr 2: After Congress in their manifesto said that they will repeal the Armed Forces Special Power Act, Omar Abdullah has said that during his tenure as Chief Minister some ‘friends in the Congress conspired’ against scrapping the controversial law when he had demanded so.
Speaking to a news agency, Omar said that he only had the support of P Chidambaram.
“I wish they would have mentioned this issue (in the manifesto) earlier when I was the chief minister. At that time, when I demanded AFSPA’s removal, some Congress friends had conspired against it. I do not want to name them. But I got support only from (former Union minister P) Chidambaram,” he said.
“If the Congress has mentioned this in their manifesto, I welcome it… It’s better late than never. If they had done this before 2014, we would have worked to lift ASFPA from certain parts of the state,” he added.
Congress Party in their manifesto promised that ‘no constitutional change will be allowed in the special status of JK’. The manifesto also promised to review the dreaded Armed Forces Special Powers Act and reduce Army footprints in J&K.