Only way to protect J&K’s identity is to vote in huge numbers in elections, whenever it’s held: Omar

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 The Jammu and Kashmir Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the only way to protect J&K’s identity is to first register and cast your vote in huge numbers in elections, whenever it’s held.

This he said while addressing a provincial committee meeting here at the party headquarters in Srinagar, a party statement said.

The meeting was also marked by threadbare discussions on party affairs and the mounting apprehensions among the public with regards to inclusion of 25 lakh new voters as claimed by J&K’s Chief Electoral Officer in a press conference.

Alluding to inclusion of 25 lakh new voters in Jammu and Kashmir, Omar said the entire matter begs clarity from the Election Commission of India.

“All this has triggered fears of demographic flooding and political disempowerment within the public. We are yet to ascertain if the final electoral rolls are also to include those ordinarily residing voters. Our concerns with regards to requirements for outsiders to get registered continue to remain unmet. The clarity provided by government quarters has failed to address our core concerns on the issue,” he said.

Omar said people of Jammu and Kashmir are best equipped to defeat these nefarious designs by voting in huge numbers in the forthcoming elections, whenever it’s held.

“The remedy lies with our people, who if they choose to vote in huge numbers can thwart these attempts aimed at disempowering the people of J&K. Therefore people have to make it a point to come out and vote in huge numbers,” he added.

Omar further said that he will discuss the feedback from the meeting with the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah.

The provincial committee members unanimously resolved that JKNC should prepare and fight all 90 assembly seats.

The participants present in the meeting expressed dismay over the recent statements, audio jingles and speeches made by some of the constituents of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaratiion targeting JKNC.

“They felt that it does not contribute to the overall unity of the amalgam. They denounced the unfair treatment meted out to JKNC in PAGD. The participants demanded immediate course correction from PAGD constituents,” the statement said.

The party Vice President in his response acknowledged the concerns raised by the participants and reiterated that the interest of the people of J&K and JKNC will be safeguarded.

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