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Omar Abdullah States that the Repeal of Article 370 Damaged the Relationship Between Jammu and Kashmir and the Rest of the Country

December 6, 2023

Srinagar,06, Dec: National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 provisions by the BJP government has damaged the relationship between Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the country.

Reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in Parliament, Mr Abdullah said the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were not happy with the decision to revoke special status of the erstwhile state.

“There is no doubt that they did it and they have hurt sentiments of people while doing it. The promises to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 were not made by a person but by the country,” he said.

“The bond was not between a person in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, it was a link between a country with this state. If they think that harming this bond deserves congratulating, then let them congratulate each other. The truth is that people in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are not happy with the steps taken on August 5, 2019,” Mr Abdullah told reporters.

He said people will show their unhappiness with the decisions when assembly elections are held in Jammu and Kashmir.

“This was proved in Kargil (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council polls). It was proved in DDC (District Development Council) polls and we will prove it in the Assembly elections also…,” he added.

He said the delay in holding Assembly elections in the Union territory was taking Jammu and Kashmir on the path to destruction.

“People are being deprived of their right to vote since 2014. It is a strange kind of fixed match. When you ask the government, they will tell you that the Election Commission has to decide. When you ask the Election Commission, they say they will have to take a decision after consulting the government,” he added.

Responding to a debate on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill and the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill in Parliament on Wednesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the Narendra Modi government has ensured that the country has only one flag and one Constitution.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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