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Omar Abdullah: Centre needs to grab our land and expects us to stay silent

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Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | October 30, 2020 7:50:39 am National Conference Vice-President Omar abdulllah addresses a celebration conference in Srinagar. (Express Photo)Saying that the Centre needs to “snatch from us our land and expects us to remain silent”, former J-Ok Chief Minister Omar Abdullah mentioned their struggle shouldn’t be for energy however id and land of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Other than a piece of land, what is left with us to give to our children,” Omar mentioned whereas addressing his social gathering staff at Nawa-e-Subh, the headquarters of the National Conference. “The Government of India wants to snatch from us our land and expects us to remain silent. How will we face our future generations for whom we only leave a piece of land and nothing else”. Members of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar declaration at a gathering in Srinagar. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)
Giving the Centre credit score for uniting the mainstream political events in Jammu and Kashmir, Omar mentioned that curse be upon them in the event that they run for energy below these circumstances. “Because of the fraud of the centre, we were forced to come on one platform,” he mentioned. “This is not the time that we remain involved in petty political fights, this is not the time to talk about forming the government. I am not counting (how many) seats (we will get). This is not the fight for power; this is not the race for Chief Minister’s chair. Curse be upon us, if under these circumstances, we run for power. People will not forgive us, if our eyes are focused on (civil) secretariat or (Chief Minister’s) chair. This is the fight to save ourselves, this is the fight to save our identity and our future”.
The former chief minister and Vice President of the National Conference mentioned the Centre has at all times tried to weaken the voices from Jammu and Kashmir. “These people from Delhi never left any tactic to weaken us. The Centre has, time and again, tried to weaken our voice,” he mentioned. “We were divided and they succeeded in fulfilling their plot. Our voice weakened and they snatched from us our identity”.
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Questioning the intention behind the Centre’s new land legal guidelines for Jammu and Kashmir, Omar mentioned that no person should buy land in a number of Indian states. “Even today you can’t buy land in Himachal Pradesh. Nagaland, Meghalaya, Sikkim, no citizen of this country can buy land there,” he mentioned. “And when we raise our voice we are being called anti nationals. What has been snatched from us was given to us by the constitution of this country”.
Attacking the BJP, Omar mentioned that whereas they’re being termed anti-nationals by the BJP, the identical social gathering is concerned in talks with Nagaland. “The BJP people talk to the people of Nagaland, – the Nagaland, whose leader says that he doesn’t accept the Indian constitution, Indian flag or the sovereignty of India,” he mentioned. “You talk to them. Nobody calls them traitors and anti nationals. But when we stand up to save our identity, you accuse us of rebelling against the country”.
Questioning the federal government’s move to stop peaceable protests in opposition to the brand new land legal guidelines, Omar requested what New Delhi needs. “What do you want? Do you want us to shun the mainstream for which we have given sacrifices for 30 years. Where in the constitution, it is written that to seek your rights peacefully is anti national?” Omar requested.
Putting his weight behind the unity of the mainstream political forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Omar mentioned that solely then they might be taken critically. “The circumstances have been created as such that there was no option for us but to unite to save our state,” he mentioned. “Until our voice is strong, until it is powerful, nobody would be ready to listen to us”.
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Omar mentioned their struggle is lengthy however the one possibility out there to them. “This is not the fight for one day, a week or a month. It is possible that some of us will leave us during this fight,” he mentioned. “But other than fighting, we have no option”. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click right here to hitch our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the newest headlines For all the newest India News, obtain Indian Express App.

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