Had Warned Mufti Against Alliance With ‘Anti-Muslim’ BJP: Omar

SRINAGAR — National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah Saturday said his party had opposed the PDP’s alliance with  BJP due to the latter’s “anti-Muslim” ideology.

 Addressing a rally in Anantnag, the former J&K chief minister said that National Conference had offered unconditional support to the PDP to form government in 2014, after the results of the elections were out. “However, late Mufti Saeed turned down our offer. He told us that he had to develop the state, lessen the army presence, initiate dialogue with Hurriyat and Pakistan therefore it was apt for him to forge alliance with BJP. I had cautioned him against any such misadventure keeping in view the abhorrence of BJP for minorities particularly Muslims,” he said.

“ I had cautioned him about the consequences of having BJP role in the state government, which happens to be a Muslim majority state. What followed was a colossal betrayal of people’s mandate. PDP formed the government with the same BJP against whom it had canvassed in the run-up to assembly elections in 2014,” Omar said.

“ What followed the ill-fated embrace of Late Mufti sahab with BJP is history, the state witnessed worst of crisis, CASOS, Crack downs, operation all-out and arrests. People are asking question from PDP what good were they able to achieve from hobnobbing with the BJP. People are asking where the jobs are, what was done on the front of development, what measures were taken to take back the power projects.”

“The BJP’s anti-Muslim policies are known to all. That’s why we had appealed the PDP to not give space to BJP in Jammu and Kashmir,” Omar later told reporters.

He said people of the state had suffered whenever National Conference had been out of power.

“Certain forces have always conspired against Jammu and Kashmir whenever NC is out of power,” he said.

Omar said the NC will fight against “conspiracies” against highway ban and tinkering with state’s special status if it comes to power.

“Our stand is that let people elect their government so that these conspiracies are foiled,” he said.


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