Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Jammu Kashmir National Conference Vice president Omar Abdullah slammed the Centre on Thursday for repealing Article 370 in the Union Territory. He said that JKNC never supported guns and stone-pelting incidents.
“Although JKNC never supported gun and pelting stones in achieving its goals and has been the victim of terrorism during which many party leaders and workers were killed, yet its workers and leaders are called anti-national and Pakistani,” Abdullah said. On Thursday, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said this while addressing a rally in Ramban.
On the last day of his seven-day tour to the Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts (Chenab valley). He was accompanied by the party General Secretary, Ali Mohammed Sagar and Jammu Provincial President, Rattan Lal Gupta and other senior party leaders from Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts he addressed rallies in Banihal, Gool, Doda, Kishtwar, Inderwal, Bhaderwah and Ramban during his seven day-long tours to the region.
While addressing the rally, he said that the purpose of his tour to the region was to see where his party stands, what people think about the present regime in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi about his political situation and how they see their future.
He said that he found people of this region very discouraged and unsure of their future because they have got what they were promised by the BJP led Union government after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A. He said, “I condemn the government for abolishing Article 370, dividing the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state into two Union Territories, rising inflation, adopting different rules in J-K UT and Ladakh UT for employment or purchasing properties besides snail-paced development.
” He alleged that some people in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) don’t want elections to be held in Jammu and Kashmir. He further alleged that whatever projects were going on in Jammu and Kashmir was started during his regime while United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in the Centre.
He alleged that Rattle Hydel Project in Kishtwar was stalled after his government had started it; Phase III of the Baghlihar Hydel Project in Ramban recommended by his government was disapproved by the BJP government, and Sawalakot Hydel Project in Ramban approved during his regime is yet to be started.
He said no new industry or factory and no new Medical Colleges and Universities had been established in Jammu and Kashmir. Abdullah noted that belying the BJP’s slogan of one country, one rule; the BJP government has a different set of rules for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh UT as the residents in Ladakh can get employment, buy properties and scholarships based on state subjects, unlike in Jammu and Kashmir UT.
He blamed the present regime at the Centre for labelling JKNC leaders anti-national for demanding equal rights or constitutional rights for people of Jammu and Kashmir and voicing against abrogation of Article 370 in Parliament.
While speaking to the media persons, he said that “JKNC wants Delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir to be a data-driven exercise based on the population figures based on 2011 census without any political interest of any political party.”
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Former Minister, Pahari Tribe ST Forum delegation call on Lt Governor
Several delegations including former Minister; members of Pahari Tribe ST Forum and Youth leader from Bhaderwah today called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.
Sh. Abdul Ghani Kohli, former Minister met the Lt Governor and projected various welfare issues of Gujjar and Bakerwal communities pertaining to proper arrangements for Gujjar & Bakwerwal population in view of the winter season; tribal funds; Insurance for sheep; spreading awareness among Gujjar and Bakerwal communities regarding welfare policies & schemes, besides other concerns of the general public.
Meanwhile, a three-member delegation of the Pahari Tribe ST Forum led by Adv. Ahsan Mirza and accompanied by Adv. Gurdev Singh Thakur and Sh. Sajjad Mirza submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to ST status for Pahari people, functioning of Pahari Advisory Board and other concerning issues of Pahari youth.
Later, Advocate Mohammad Majid Malik, a youth leader from Bhaderwah also called on the Lt Governor and apprised him about various issues of Bhaderwah including the declaration of Jammu University campus into a full-fledged University; construction of Chattargalla tunnel; the opening of Bhaderwah-Chamba and Bhaderwah-Bani road; Mini Secretariat and several youth-related issues.
While interacting with the delegations, the Lt Governor observed that J&K Government has adopted citizen-centric policies and is steadfastly working on all fronts for the development and welfare of people belonging to every community.
We are committed to making every section of society an equal stakeholder in the development process of the UT, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor assured the members of the delegations that the genuine issues put forth by them would be given due consideration. He impressed upon them to keep projecting the issues of public welfare and development of the region.
Jammu: Husband arrested for killing wife
A man was arrested for killing his 23-year-old wife and trying to mislead the investigators by projecting the murder as suicide in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.
Nishu Devi, a resident of Pasyal Dharalta village of Batote, was found hanging at her house on January 23 and inquest proceedings were initiated to ascertain the actual cause of the death, a police spokesperson said.
He said the postmortem of the deceased was conducted at district hospital Ramban and the body handed over to legal heirs for last rites.
During the course of inquiry, parents of the deceased alleged that their daughter was murdered by her husband and his family as they had been torturing and harassing her, the spokesperson said.
Pawan Kumar, husband of the deceased, was detained and questioned. He confessed to killing his wife by strangulating her and later hung her body to pass it as a case of suicide to mislead the police, he said.
The officials said the accused was arrested and booked for murder besides attempting to bribe a public servant to escape punishment.
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