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J&K Polls: Omar asks PDP to explain abandonment of its 'Self-Rule' policy

PTI 19 Nov 2014, 22:13:50 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah today asked the opposition PDP to explain its sudden and complete abandonment of the party's ‘Self-Rule' document and slogans like dual currency in the state.

“There was a time - as early as two years back – when there wasn't a single public speech or a single press statement from PDP where ‘Self-Rule' didn't find a mention.

“The party leaders even went on tours around the state holding seminars on its ‘Self-Rule' document and talking about vague, impractical and half-baked concepts that had absolutely no logical ground. This whole drama was enacted by PDP at the behest of covert political forces and now the drama has been abandoned on the orders of these secret agencies,” Omar said.

Starting his door-to-door campaigning in Sonawar constituency, Omar lashed out at PDP for changing its flagship political ideology every two years.

Omar asked people to repose faith in National Conference at a juncture in history where serious efforts were being made to launch a political conquest into the state and to alter its ethos, special status and to abrogate Article 370.

“The biggest tragedy is that in PDP these covert agencies have always found an ever-willing Trojan Horse that has infiltrated into the fortress of our state with an aim to weaken us internally.

“In their eagerness and excitement to appease certain quarters and to please its political handlers, PDP has with great contempt abandoned its own flagship political vision document and thrown it into a dustbin,” Omar said.

The National Conference working president said his party has never wavered in its political ideology viz-a-viz the resolution of the Kashmir Issue.

“Nor have we abandoned our demand for the restoration of Internal Autonomy as a viable solution to the political issue.  Our stand on Article 370 similarly remains unchanged,” he said.

However, there are clear indications that PDP has a goal of facilitating the abrogation of Article 370, Omar alleged.  Omar said his vision for Sonawar's development and prosperity was a part of his holistic vision for J&K's progress and that he would leave no stone unturned to make Sonawar a model constituency in the entire country.