Srinagar: National Conference (NC) leader, Omar Abdullah said he won’t contest any Assembly elections till Jammu and Kashmir remains a UT.
“Having been a member of the most empowered Assembly in the land and that, too, as the leader of that Assembly for six years, I simply cannot and will not be a member of a House that has been disempowered the way ours has,” Abdullah wrote for the Indian Express.
Describing the move as a humiliation heaped on the state, he said he fails to understand the need for this move, “except to punish the people of the state”.
“If the reason for carving out a separate Union Territory for Ladakh was the public demand among the Buddhist population of the area, then the demand for a separate state for the people of Jammu is much older,” he wrote for the newspaper, adding that if it was based on religion then it ignores that Leh and Kargil are Muslim majority and the people of Kargil are vehemently opposed to the idea of being separated from J&K.
The former JK CM further said that the dilution of Article 370 does not stand the test of basic scrutiny, and asserted that the special constitutional status enjoyed by J&K was “not a favour done to the state.”