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Fighting for statehood, will not go to UT assembly: Omar

ByPress Trust of India, Srinagar
Nov 02, 2023 06:26 AM IST

National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah said there are other platforms outside the assembly to fight for the rights of the people

National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah has said that he is fighting for the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, and it is not necessary that “I have to go to the assembly” to wage this struggle.

Fighting for statehood, will not go to UT assembly: Omar
Fighting for statehood, will not go to UT assembly: Omar

Speaking to reporters in the Tangdhar area of Kupwara, he said there are other platforms outside the assembly to fight for the rights of the people.

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“I have said this before that I will not go to the UT’s assembly,” he said when asked about his earlier remarks that he would not contest the assembly polls as long as J-K was a union territory.

Omar condemned the recent militant attacks in Kashmir, saying the situation in the Union Territory was not normal.

Terrorists shot dead a policeman outside his house in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. A labourer from Uttar Pradesh was shot dead in Pulwama district on Monday, while a police officer was critically injured in firing by terrorists on Sunday in Srinagar.

“We regret these targeted attacks and condemn them. We ask the government to at least be truthful. We keep on hearing from them that the situation has improved and is now better,” Abdullah told reporters here.

Abdullah said whenever statements about improvement in the situation are given by the government, targeted attacks take place in the valley.

“Sometimes police is targeted, sometimes civilians. The situation is not normal, we all know that. Why is the government trying to mislead the people? Only the rulers can answer that,” he added.

Asked about Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal being summoned by the Enforcement Directorate, the former chief minister of J-K said opposition parties and leaders were paying the price for doing politics.

“What is new in that (summon to Kejriwal)? Which opposition leader or opposition party is there that has not received such summons? There have been such summons before as well and they will come in the future also.

“You have to pay a price for doing politics, especially the opposition here. This is not something new,” he said.

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