JKNC announces Omar Abdullah’s candidacy for North Kashmir

| Updated: 12 April, 2024 6:04 pm IST

SRINAGAR: On Friday, Jammu Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) President Dr Farooq Abdullah announced the party’s participation in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

He declared the nomination of Omar Abdullah, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, as the candidate for the North Kashmir constituency. Additionally, Ruhullah Mehdi, a prominent senior leader, was named as the party’s representative for the Srinagar Parliamentary constituency.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, while addressing the media, emphasized the strategic decision behind Omar Abdullah’s candidacy for North Kashmir. He highlighted the intensified focus of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the region and expressed the party’s determination to counter their influence. 

Omar Abdullah echoed this sentiment, affirming his commitment to challenging the BJP’s agenda in North Kashmir. He emphasized that his opposition was not aimed at individuals but rather against what he described as the deceptive tactics and political manoeuvres of the BJP.

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Omar Abdullah’s decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections marks a significant shift from his previous stance. Following the abrogation of Article 370, he had announced his reluctance to participate in electoral processes until Jammu and Kashmir regained its statehood. 

However, his decision to run for office reflects a strategic reevaluation of the political landscape and the party’s determination to assert its presence in the parliamentary arena.

Criticizing PM Modi, NC Vice President and Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah remarked, “For the last decade, PM Modi has been harping on about dynastic politics. The BJP isn’t bothered by dynastic politics per se; their concern lies with opposition parties. A significant portion of their candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are from political lineages.”

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He said  “ PM Modi hasn’t conferred any favour upon us by stating that the assembly elections and the restoration of statehood to J&K are not distant prospects. The Supreme Court of India has already mandated that elections in J&K must be conducted before 30th September. They are obligated to adhere to the directives issued by the SC.”

Omar added “ An undeclared state of emergency is currently in effect. Contrary to Indira Gandhi’s era, where she boldly declared the emergency and even proceeded with elections afterwards, the present regime lacks such transparency.”

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