Won't Allow Saffronization Of JK: Omar

13 June 2015
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Leading an anti-government protest march here, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said National Conference would not allow saffronisation of the State. 'Mufti Sahib, you have failed and failed miserably on all fronts,' Omar said at Regal Chowk as hundreds of NC workers chanted anti-PDP and anti-BJP slogans. Omar led a rally of party workers from Sher-e-Kashmir Park up to Regal Chowk. Several NC leaders including former ministers attended the march organized to show party's strength and to build pressure on government to rehabilitate flood victims. Omar said that during elections tall promises were made by PDP leaders which have fallen flat. 'Even after 100 days of this government, not a single penny has been spent on development. Look at the condition of flood victims including traders. They yearn for relief and compensation,' Omar said. 'Now the condition is that school children are being asked to pay Rs 1000 for reconstruction of schools.' Omar said NC would show the government how flood-hit people are rehabilitated. 'We will make you to rehabilitate the people the way we had planned by sending Rs 44000 crore package to Delhi,' he said. Omar said the NC leadership along with workers was not on roads to see fall of this government. 'It's the Chief Minister's silence on crucial issues which forced us to hit the streets.' He said while the government continues to commit 'blunder after blunder', NC has shouldered the responsibility to correct all mistakes of the ruling dispensation. 'We are not demanding jobs to unemployed youth overnight. Neither do we demand construction of roads overnight. We are asking you what happened to your promises of rehabilitating flood victims, traders and farmers. We won't allow you to play with the emotions of people. We will show you how promises are fulfilled,' Omar said. 'What happened to your (Mufti's) assertions after taking over the reins of the State that Prime Minister NarendraModi will show a bigger heart and pump in money in J&K like anything.' Omar took a dig at the PDP-BJP government for the eviction of Muslims from Jammu forests. 'As long as NC is alive, we will not allow RSS agenda in J&K. Eviction of Muslims (Gujjars and Bakerwals) from Jammu forests and also from areas like Sidhra and Bhatindi is unacceptable to us. We will not allow this drive at any cost,' he said. 'Forest land has been encroached in Kargil, Ladakh and elsewhere too. Why to axe Muslims only.' Holding Chief Minister responsible for 'one lakh membership of BJP in Srinagar,' Omar said he had offered support to Mufti on forming a government in J&K on 'sincere grounds.' 'I had no lust for power as I had ruled for six years. But Mufti preferred to rub shoulders with RSS people and the results are before the public.' 'Today we hear about atomic war between India and Pakistan. We want to remind the BJP that there is no option other than dialogue. War is no solution,' he said. 'Delhi needs to build friendship with Pakistan for resolution of issues.' In an obvious reference to Chief Minister, Omar said that he used to claim credit for opening of Muzaffarabad road, but today the two countries are talking about war using atomic weapons. Omar said that Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed was 'biggest enemy of J&K and NC.' 'Today's gathering should be an eye-opener for Mufti that NC is not going to die so easily,' he said. The former Chief Minister alleged that Mufti had added third capital to J&K. 'Our State was known for two capitals, summer capital Srinagar and winter capital Jammu but today Mufti has added Nagpur as the third capital of J&K.' He said now all decisions come from Nagpur be the issue of AFSPA, development or jobs to youth. On Sopore killings: Omar blamed Defence Minister ManoharParrikar for killing of civilians in the apple town of Sopore. 'Parrikar's statement that terrorists should be killed by terrorists has resulted in the resurgence of Ikhwan. It is because of Parrikar's statement we see civilian killings in Sopore.' About New Recruitment Policy: The NC working president termed the new recruitment policy as draconian and pledged that they will not allow its implementation. 'Governor NN Vohra returned the ordinance and we hope that he will continue to do so in future also,' he said. On Tourism: Omar castigated Chief Minister for wooing bollywood actors like Shahrukh Khan. 'He (Mufti) gave so much importance to Shahrukh Khan as if he alone can change the fate of Kashmir. Khan was given so much hype, I believe he may contest the next elections in Kashmir as Chief Ministerial candidate with the active support of Muftis,' Omar said. 'Presently there is no tourist here because of the flood scare created by the government in March-April.'