‘All you lazy journalists & commentators please show me where I’ve demanded statehood be restored’
Srinagar, July 28: Asserting that he may not contest Assembly elections even if statehood was restored, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that impression is being created that only statehood is required and all other aspects of August 5 have been washed away.
However, Omar, who is the National Conference (NC) Vice-President, said the party will chart its own course when all the leaders are set free and given a chance to talk.
He said that he has simply stated that having been chief minister of the state of J&K, he will not fight an assembly election to the assembly of the UT of J&K. “That’s it. No more, no less! That’s a far cry from saying I’m demanding statehood be restored,” he wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
“I may not, but the party will chart its own course when all the leaders are set free and given a chance to talk. I’ve made it clear that these are ONLY my thoughts, I am not speaking for the party. The party and its leaders will formulate our policy, not me as an individual,” he wrote in response to a tweet asking if he would contest Assembly polls if only statehood of J&K was restored.
“Not forgotten. The impression is being created that only statehood is required & all other aspects of 5th Aug have been washed away. That’s lazy & misleading. I’m have never placed statehood restoration above the fight for J&K’s special status yet the 370 comments get wiped out,” he said.
Responding to a tweet which read, ‘chief spokesperson of JKNC resigns from his post as Omar Abdullah demands statehood’, Omar Abdullah said, “Please show me where in my piece or in the interview I’ve demanded statehood.”
“I have no problem being disagreed with for what I say or do but when you invent things & put words in my mouth to attack me then that’s more about you than about me. All you lazy journalists & commentators please show me where I’ve demanded statehood be restored,” he said.
“Haters will hate & nothing will change that. There are a few people from whom I expected better but disappointment is part of politics & one has learnt to live with it. Life goes on,” he added.