Srinagar: Asking the chief minister Omar Abdullah to follow the suits of the former chief minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah, Awami National Conference (ANC) working president Muzzafar Shah Friday said that Omar must release all the political prisoners and resign at an earliest.
Shah while addressing a press conference here stated that the communal parties have landed into the political landscape of Kashmir and are hell bent upon eroding states unique identity. I can only tell you that more devastating than the floods of September are the plans being hatched by the communal forces in Kashmir to abrogate unique identity of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said while addressing the newsmen here, adding that people in power at New Delhi are hell bent to erode Article 370.
Shah also flayed the recent statement of the home minister Rajnath Singh, saying that the party has nefarious designs to isolate Kashmir. They (BJP) want us to get fragmented into pieces. They are separating Kashmir, Ladakh and Jammu from each other and are using people and parties in Kashmir.
Shah, the son of the former chief minister G.M. Shah, stated that Kashmiri pundits and the new born political parties of JK are being used by the BJP in carrying out its hidden agenda of Kashmir. Our pundit brothers must remember that their identity is only because of Kashmir and once identity is lost, everything is lost. Also the new born political parties for their own vested interests are becoming instrumental for BJP.
He maintained further that history in the state is repeating itself as in 1977, it was Janta Dal that tried to fragment Kashmir and now it is BJP which is carrying the same task. My only appeal to people is not to fall prey to these issues.
Shah also asked the chief minister Omar Abdullah to follow the suits of the former chief minister G M Shah who resigned in 1986 after feeling threat to Article 370. If Omar does this, the entire political spectrum here will change, Shah said, adding that national conference is not the legacy of the Omar Abdullah only and that people might forgive the party for what it has done in the past, provided it acts at present.
Shah also took a dig at other parties which are raising AFSPA, Afzal Guru and other issues. On ground they did nothing and are at present using the issues for their political gains
Maintaining ANC will not contest the coming assembly elections, Shah said that the party will carry forward the relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood torn regions of the state.
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