Revival of militancy in Rajouri, Pir Panchal, Kokernag gunfight indicates present security situation in J&K: Omar

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‘Those raising objection over smart meters being slapped with PSA’

Mubashir Aalam

 National Conference (NC) Vice President and former chief minister of erstwhile J&K state, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that 80 per cent of the population in Union Territory are disappointed and anguished over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the situation has worsened on the ground, but the government is busy in making baseless statements.

Addressing a gathering in Jammu, Omar, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that the security situation in J&K is known to all as the militant activities are taking place in the areas where the militancy was eradicated completely.

“You have seen attacks and encounters in Rajouri, Pir Panchal and other places, the militancy was completely eliminated in these areas. In Srinagar, an attack took place the day before yesterday. This is the security situation at present,” he said, adding that the government has been busy showing tourists and G20 events while the people are being killed inside their offices.

“The encounter at Kokernag continued for seven straight days in which four including three officers laid down their lives. Howe has the situation improved,” he said.

About Article 370 abrogation, Omar said that the decision according to the government was made to merge J&K completely with the union of India while the senior government lawyer in the Supreme Court (SC) recently stated that the decision was necessary as the people were feeling isolated than other people of the country. “However, the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in Uttar Pradesh has recently stated that he will continue to be there in J&K till it is fully merged with the union of India, it is hard to understand whom shall we believe now,” he added.

Meanwhile, Omar stated that all the daily wagers will be regularized if NC is voted to power. “The daily wagers would have been adjusted as we took steps for their regularization. If voted to power, we will start the process again and regularization of the daily wagers will be ensured in five years of our tenure,” he said.

He added that the elections are being delayed because 80 per cent of the people are disappointed and anguished over BJP, saying that from smart meters to unemployment, everything has disappointed the people.

“We have the right to speak against the smart meters, but the PSA is being slapped on those who speak over it,” he said.

“I can only find anger among 80 per cent of the population, except a few BJP workers are happy as they managed to earn from transfers and other things. 80 per cent of the people want elections to be held as they don’t like BJP at all,” he said

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