Raking up controversy ahead of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections, National Conference(NC) leader Omar Abdullah said that Pakistan is not as big a threat to the state of Jammu and Kashmir as those who want to abolish the article 370 of the Indian constitution.
Addressing a public meet in Kund valley in Kulgam district of Anantnag parliamentary constituency, in south Kashmir, Abdullah said that keeping in view the challenges the state is facing, the people have to make a right choice in the ensuing elections while choosing their representative for the Lok Sabha. He then accused that the forces are hell-bent on destroying the constitutional provisions of Article 370 and Article 35-A that confer special status to the state.
"J-K does not face as much threat from neighbouring country or the muzzle of gun as it faces from the forces who are hell-bent on destroying the special status of the state. Any one holding a public post whether a governor or a chief minister in the state has to take oath on the state constitution, but 'anti-state forces' were not able to digest this realism. This has become scorn in the eyes of those forces who have revived their vows to destroy the special constitutional position of our state in their manifesto. However, they fail to understand that the erstwhile Dogra ruler Hari Singh didn't merge with the Union, he had only acceded with the dominion of India on three subjects," Abdullah said.
Ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, Abdullah had targeted the BJP by saying that BJP is using the forces to create a war zone in Jammu and Kashmir.
Campaigning for NC candidate retired Justice Hassnain Masoodi from the Anantnag Parliamentary seat, Abdullah said that he has the necessary political acumen, to fight for our state, a legal luminary and thus is the most suitable person to represent us in the Parliament.
Targeting the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah alleged:
"We have PDP president Mehbooba (Mufti) in the fray as well, whose political slyness and bankruptcy is known to all. How can she raise voice for state in parliament when she couldn't do that in 2008, when the sate was in flames because of Amarnath Land agitation? People are privy to the five years of plunder, destruction, exploitation nepotism and repression. PDP and Mufti's used the people who had voted for them as sacrificial goat for securing power. Muftis and PDP berated and betrayed the mandate of people in order to ascend the altar of power."