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NC sole custodian of special status of our state: Omar Abdullah

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Handwara: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday said National Conference has a legacy of service and sacrifice saying that the party will continue to shoulder the cause of protecting the special status of the state at any cost.

Addressing a public gathering at Handwara in North Kashmir Party vice Present Omar Abdullah, while recounting the scarifies of numerous party functionaries said, “We remember the sacrifices of our party men, we remember the day when one of our colleagues Late Ghulam Rasool Malik Sahib was snatched from us on January 1990. He laid down his precious life while saving the mosque and the people from conflagration. It is only National Conference that has been targeted by the forces inimical to our special status. Even today only NC is solely carrying forward the mission of protecting the special status of our state. We have always shouldered that mission with zeal; we will continue to do it in the future as well.”

While highlighting the role played by party’s Baramulla parliamentary candidate Muhammad Akbar Lone in dismantling Ikhwan, Omar said, “He was the one who had set off a battle against Ikhwan in 1996. Ikhwanis tried to weaken him, but in 2002 he made them leave bag and baggage, even today he has come forth to fight the forces as are inimical to state, this time he again needs your support as you did previously, for it is your support that will strengthen his efforts to trounce the nefarious designs of BJP and its cronies in the State.”

Omar while cautioning the people about the Agenda of BJP, said, “Earlier today BJP came up with its manifesto, the issues of temple, unified civil code have again showed up there , but the major stress has been given on the revocation of Art 370 and 35-A. Today they have again racked up the issue of its revocation. I fail to understand why aren’t they able to understand that our state is not like any other state of India. We didn’t merge with the union; we are the only state that kept its own constitution. I challenge them to do away with the constitutional provisions. The people of our state won’t allow you to do it.”

“Even if they forge friendships with many people here they won’t be achieve their anticipated goal. Let go on forging friendship with those who have always bartered our honor, but let me tell you that friendship won’t help you to achieve your nefarious designs. These people whom Modi is clubbing with have been coming forth in different hues and gowns. Today they are holding apples.”

“We have to decide if we want to send those forces to Delhi who sat in the lap of BJP, the ones who want to dismantle mosques, those who want to impose uniform civil code, those who want to destroy our special status, and those who are infringing Sharia Law of Muslims. Are we going to help those? If yes then we have to give our votes to apple. Because the relation of PC with BJP is an open secret,” he said.

“In November when we tried to strike a coalition with Congress-PDP to save the state from continuous onslaught of BJP, Mehooba Ji shot a letter to governor, we too agreed to forge a coalition to take the poison for the sake of protecting our status. But meantime another letter was shot to governor by Sajad Lone staking claim to form government. Sajad had staked claim on the basis of BJP’s strength in assembly. Nonetheless, if PC was able to form government and have a CM berth, then the BJP would have sought PC’s support in parliament on various issues. Can we trust such a Party?”

Party vice President said that he will never compromise with the special status of the state and will never sit with BJP, “However when Sajad comes to Handwara you should seek same assurances from him as well.”

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