Jammu Mar 20: National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said people in J&K anxious of govt orders aimed at dispossessing them of their rights.
This he said while addressing a well-attended public meeting in Nagrota, Jammu. The Public rally was organized by Shamim Begum DDC Dansal and Ch. Rehmat BDC Chairman Nagrota.
In his address, Omar said, “Today’s function has refuted the notion that there is no hide and hair of NC in the plains of Jammu and that NC was only existent in Kashmir. Again people have rejected such false propaganda and showed how deep rooted NC is across all the regions of J&K. It’s not an individual who the people support, it’s the vision and mission of our party that the people connect to,” adding, “The two regions are different to each other in terms of geography, language and culture. What is common between the two regions is the widespread despondency. People are anxious, no one knows when a new order will be issued dispossessing them of their rights.”
Lamenting the government on its failure to script a promised turnaround in four years since the decisions of August 05, 2019, he said, “It was said that NC was responsible for J&K people’s woes. What good have they achieved now? Where are those promised jobs? Where is the much touted development? Leave alone coming up with job orders ,they are not able to come up with selection lists.” He said that the government is not thinking in terms of helping people but frightening them. Parading of newly purchased bulldozers meant for demolition, he said, was a case in point.
“After drawing much slack on the issue, the central government had asked the incumbent JK government to put hold on the headless demolition. But the local administration didn’t stop there, it came up with imposition of property tax on the houses, which it wasn’t able to demolish. It was told that the measure isn’t meant to gather revenue. If the purpose behind the measure was not to generate revenue, then why was the tax imposed in the first place. It means that the measure was only meant to intimidate people,” he said.
On elections, Omar said BJP was shying away from facing people because it wasn’t able to live upto the hype on providing jobs, and ushering in development. “The post 2019 chapter in both Jammu and Kashmir provinces has been marked by job losses, economic slump and outsourcing of contracts. There was a certain section, who were very happy on the abrogation, but their happiness was short lived. Everyone is suffering, right from traders to job aspirants, employees to agriculturalists, traders to miners, contractors to manufacturers. People are suffering from a plethora of issues all at the same time but the government is completely blind to their plight.”