Hopeful That SC Orders Will Be Followed To Hold J&K Assembly Elections By September: Omar Abdullah At ‘Ideas Of India’ Summit 3.0

Challenging the claims of the BJP regarding development and peace in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), JKNC leader and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah said that it was a matter of shame that elections were announced by the Supreme Court of India rather than by the Election Commission. He made these remarks while speaking at the ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0 in Mumbai. He expressed hope for his party’s good performance in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and expressed optimism that the Supreme Court’s orders would be followed for conducting Assembly Elections in J&K by September this year.

“It is a matter of shame that elections were announced by the Supreme Court of India and not by the Election Commission,” he said during a session on Truth and Reconciliation: Giving Kashmir a Chance.”

“If 5 years after 2019, you can’t hold elections then it is a shame. If you could have elections in 1996, then you should have no excuse in conducting elections in 2024. We will take the fight with BJP. I hope Supreme Court orders will be followed, and we will have elections by September. We will campaign for the rights of the people of J&K, their land, undo the damage of August 2019; we will be talking about acceptance,” he asserted.

He also launched a scathing attack on the Modi Government, branding it as the most disconnected government with the people on the ground. “The government is not reaching out to the ordinary people. We haven’t had assembly elections since 2014. If everything is so peaceful and people are thrilled with what happened on 5th August 2019, then why are they not having elections?” he said.

When asked about the current situation and issues facing Kashmiri Pandits, Abdullah stressed that while things may appear calm on the surface, militancy, terror attacks, and attacks on minorities have increased.

“To believe Article 370 is the root cause of the problems in Jammu and Kashmir is not right. The country was told separatism, terrorism, and lack of development are because of Article 370. But we will be reaching the 5th anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 this year, and separatists and terror on the ground continue to exist, and attacks on minorities in areas like Rajouri and Poonch are constantly being launched.”

Speaking about the challenges faced by Kashmiri Pandits, Abdullah emphasized, “The absence of Kashmiri Pandits was an open wound of the last 30 years of trouble. One of the areas of reconciliation is to facilitate their return. They didn’t leave because of Article 370. They left because of a lack of security, and this government has not brought back that sense of security. More Kashmiri Pandits want to leave Kashmir today than five years ago. They are more targeted, and Bollywood keeps churning out propaganda movies. These are inconvenient facts.”

The ABP Network’s ‘Ideas of India’ Summit 3.0, spotlighting ‘The People’s Agenda,’ brought a confluence of ideas and ideators to a common platform, celebrating the country’s people and its plurality. The two-day summit hosted policymakers, cultural ambassadors, industry experts, celebrities, business leaders, economists, and leading luminaries to delve into the fundamental ideas of liberty, justice, equality, and diversity that define India, its society, culture, and politics. The meaningful deliberations on diverse topics had the brightest minds across sectors providing insights about the nation’s trajectory and its journey to become Viksit Bharat.

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