Restore Statehood, Hold Elections: Omar Abdullah

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Former chief minister Omar Abdullah KO Photo Abid Bhat

Srinagar: As the Centre amended domicile law after sharp criticism from various parties, J&K’s former chief minister Omar Abdullah Saturday demanded restoration of statehood and elections.

In a series of tweets the National Conference (NC) vice president wrote that, “I haven’t yet spoken my mind about the central governments’ decision made on August-05 last year.”  Omar demanded the restoration of statehood and elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The former chief minister, who was released from detention of almost eight months, on March  24, had stated that he won’t speak about August 5 decision of last year till fight against pandemic is over. However, for the first time after his release, Omar demanded the statehood and election to be conducted within the UT.

Taking to his twitter handle, Omar termed the amendment in domicile law a sudden change in mind of central government and asked the citizen’s to decide the laws that will govern them in times to come.

In a tweet he said, “It’s high time the people of J&K get to decide the laws that will govern them rather than being subjected to the whims & fancies of the centre where orders are issued in the morning & changes to the same order issued in the evening. Restore statehood, conduct elections”. He also said that the twitter isn’t the right platform to discuss the things.

In his series of tweets, Omar said he is yet unable to find an appropriate platform to discuss what his remarks are about the decision of central government made on August 05 last year by bifurcating the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs.

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