NC to contest polls as a party, won’t allow space to others: Party leader

Kupwara, Nov 04: National Conference (NC) Provincial President Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani on Friday said the party will contest polls as a party and won’t allow space to others.

He was speaking to reporters during his visit to famous shrine Shah Wali Muqam in north Kashmir’s Kupwara. “NC will take part in polls, whenever it will be held. The party won’t allow space to others”, Wani said.

To a query, Wani replied that if former chief minister Omar Abdullah has taken a stand to remain away from elections, that stands logic amid the Government of India (GOI) downgraded the status of J&K.

“The GoI has snatched the Article 370 & 35(A) and downgraded the status of Jammu and Kashmir. Now if Omar Abdullah will contest polls, what he will do as a CM of UT”, he said.

He however continued that the NC will take part in polls as a party and won’t allow nefarious elements to take advantage of the situation. “NC will contest polls. The party won’t allow space to anyone”, Wani added.

Notably former chief minister Omar Abdullah had several times clarified that he won’t contest election till statehood to Jammu and Kashmir is not returned. The GoI had abrogated Article 370 & 35(A) on August 5, 2019 and bifurcated the erstwhile state of J&K into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.

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