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Discussion Over! National Conference And Congress Will Fight Together In J&K: Omar Abdullah

After multiple rounds of discussions, Congress finally snubbed Mehbooba Mufti's PDP and chose to join hands with Omar Abdullah's NC for the Lok Sabha polls this year.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Apr 4, 2024 18:01 IST
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– Aasif Suhaf

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah stated that Congress will support the National Conference in the Lok Sabha elections of 2024. “We have discussed and finalized everything. In the coming days, after going to Delhi, it will be clear that NC and Congress will fight together in J&K,” Omar said, adding that Farooq Abdullah is in Jammu today campaigning for Congress candidates.

Omar Abdullah accused the government of not providing adequate security to their Lok Sabha candidates in J&K. He mentioned, “We saw no change even after announcing our candidate; no additional security was given to him, nor were any of our star campaigners provided with more security. Instead, the administration is harassing us. No problem; on one side, we are fighting political parties, on the other side, we will fight the administration too.”

Earlier, while addressing his party workers at his Srinagar office, Omar said, “We have always worked for our country. If Sher-e-Kashmir had chosen the gun, there were people to support him, but we chose our country.”

He further stated that they do not care how many parties are targeting the National Conference, referring to Ghulam Nabi Azad and Altaf Bukhari. Omar said, “The bucket (baltee), the election symbol of Azad’s party, or bat or apple—let them come. We don’t care. We don’t see much difference between a dustbin and a baltee (bucket).”

He targeted Ghulam Nabi Azad, saying that they had helped him a lot. Farooq Sahab has given him a Rajya Sabha seat twice, but suddenly Azad started targeting Farooq Abdullah. “We were not understanding what happened. Then when he announced his candidature from the Anantnag seat, we understood why he was doing this. Let him come; he has zero chances to win, but still, he is there. If he really cared for Jammu and Kashmir, he would have fought from his home seat Udhampur, but his candidature there would dent the BJP, so he doesn’t want to. He is helping the BJP who are targeting Muslims in other parts of the country.”

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Omar said it’s not an election for MLAs; they have to send their voice to Parliament. “If you think what happened on 5th August 2019 is right, then don’t vote for NC. But if you feel Delhi has wronged us, then vote for us and choose your own representative, not Delhi-backed representatives.”

First published on: Apr 04, 2024 06:01 PM IST

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