Omar Abdullah Slams BJP Over Kashmir Candidates, Praises NC's Mehdi

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah criticized the BJP for not fielding candidates in the Kashmir Valley despite claiming to have brought development to the region. Abdullah also targeted the BJP for failing to deliver on basic infrastructure promises, citing a recent boat capsize incident that killed nine people.

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Omar Abdullah Slams BJP Over Kashmir Candidates, Praises NC's Mehdi

Omar Abdullah Slams BJP Over Kashmir Candidates, Praises NC's Mehdi

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not fielding candidates from the Kashmir Valley in the ongoing elections, questions despite claiming to have brought development to the region after the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019. Speaking at an election rally in Batwara, Srinagar on May 3, 2024, in support of NC candidate Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Abdullah questioned the BJP's decision, saying, "We will see how many votes the BJP gets in Kashmir (in the assembly elections). If it did such a great service, then why didn't it nominate even one candidate in Kashmir?"

Why this matters: The BJP's decision not to field candidates in the Kashmir Valley has significant implications for the region's politics and the party's development, claims. It may also influence the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections and the future of the region's development.

The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir also targeted the BJP for failing to deliver on promises of basic infrastructure in the region. He cited the recent death of nine people, including schoolchildren, in a boat capsize in Batwara due to the lack of a footbridge, saying,"Just last month, schoolchildren drowned in this area because there was no footbridge. Some are still missing. While they boast about railways, airports and industries, why neglect essential needs like a footbridge? Why force children to risk crossing rivers on boats?"

Abdullah praised NC candidate Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi for his unwavering principles and commitment to addressing injustices. "Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi remains unwavering in his ideology, standing firm regardless of others' reactions and consistently articulating his beliefs. As he heads to Parliament this June, he will persist in championing his principles and addressing injustices," Abdullah said.

The National Conference leader urged the people to give his party a chance to represent them, saying, "If people want honest, young and dynamic representatives to become their voice, then give us (National Conference) a chance." He also accused the BJP of spreading hatred and snatching away the identity and land rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Lok Sabhaelections, questionsin Jammu and Kashmir are being held in a phased manner, with Srinagar set to go to the polls on May 13. The Election Commission had earlier postponed polling for the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency to May 25 due to security concerns. The BJP's decision not to field candidates in the Kashmir Valley has been seen as a significant development in the region's politics, with many viewing it as an acknowledgment of the party's lack of support in the area.

Key Takeaways

  • Omar Abdullah criticizes BJP for not fielding candidates in Kashmir Valley.
  • BJP's decision raises questions about its development claims in the region.
  • Abdullah targets BJP for failing to deliver on basic infrastructure promises.
  • NC leader praises candidate Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi for his unwavering principles.
  • Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir are being held in a phased manner.