SRINIAGAR, 9 OCT. Omar Abdullah, vice president of the National Conference, stated on Monday that people may come to the streets to demand their right to an elected government if the Election Commission does not make the polling date for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly public.
According to Abdullah, we appear to be being forced into a position where we must demonstrate even for our democratic rights.
The former chief minister was responding to a query about whether Jammu and Kashmir politics had devolved to the point where protests were necessary to force assembly elections to take place.
In a press conference today, the Chief Election Commissioner stated that they will weigh all factors before making a decision on the polls in Jammu and Kashmir. He had before stated that J-K needed a vacuum to be filled. What are these elements, specifically? Are EVMs not being provided by the government? Is security not being provided by the government? If elections cannot be held, is the situation worse than it was in 1996? Is it worse than the fallout from the disaster in 2014?” he questioned.
Abdullah claimed that the Solicitor General had stated that the government was prepared for elections at the Supreme Court during the hearing of Article 370 petitions, but that the Election Commission would have to make the final decision.
“They are either hiding behind the EC or they lied in the SC,” The only reason (for the delay) that I can think of is BJP fear. Please let us know if there is any more information. The BJP has previously been hiding behind the Raj Bhawan. He continued, “Right now they are hiding behind the Election Commission.
According to Abdullah, the “resounding” loss of the BJP in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections in Kargil may cause additional postponement of the elections for Jammu and Kashmir’s assembly, panchayats, and urban local councils.
“We are prepared for elections, but the Center and the BJP are not because they are afraid, I have always claimed. Evidence for it is available now. If they had their way, they wouldn’t even have elections for the parliament due to the current state of affairs. We might conclude from this outcome that our elections have become more distant from us, he continued.
The NC leader argued that the Chief Election Commissioner need to inform Jammu and Kashmir’s citizens whether they enjoy the same right to vote as citizens in other areas of the nation.
“Are the people of Jammu and Kashmir not entitled to vote for their leaders? They don’t have the same rights as the people of Rajasthan, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, and MP, he continued.
Abdullah asserted that the administration had claimed that the long-standing desire of the people of Ladakh had been met after Article 370 was repealed in 2019 and Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union territories.
“However, the results of the election show that the Ladakhi people did not approve of it. They suffered the same harm from the split as the people of Jammu and Kashmir, who are currently protesting it, he said.
“BJP will claim that the outcome was caused by Kargil’s Muslim majority. The question that follows is, “Was JK’s division caused by religion?” He queried.
When questioned about the lieutenant governor’s claim that 80% of Jammu and Kashmir residents were satisfied with the current political climate, Abdullah remarked Manoj Sinha appeared to have an obsession with the number 80.
“I can see that he finds the number 80 to be fascinating. He sees 80 in everything, as I’ve noticed. Why did he offer a 20% discount while he gave statistics about his popularity? He is welcome to have 100%, he said.
According to Abdullah, if events were to be taken at face value, Prime Minister Narendra Modi might abolish elections.
“If things can be done this way, Modi can claim that 80% of people support him and that no elections are necessary,” he continued.
When questioned about the BJP’s accusation that opposition parties were promoting dynastic politics, Abdullah responded that elections allow the public to make decisions.
About 23 years have passed since I first entered politics. People make the decisions. I don’t suggest to the BJP who should be president as far as party leadership is concerned. They also have no right to designate who should lead us. Members of our party choose our leader. Let them come and compete in party elections against us if they are that concerned,” he continued.