Abrogation of Article 35A will rob J&K youth of growth avenues: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, Sept 24: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah today cautioned that abrogation of Article 35A would rob J&K’s youth of avenues of growth and prosperity in the State.
“Besides attacking our demography, the abrogation of Article 35-A will rob J&K’s youth of jobs, scholarships and avenues of growth and prosperity. We decided not to participate in the upcoming ULB and Panchayat polls until and unless State and the Central Government protect Art 35 A in and outside the courts. This is our principled and we will stick to it. We owe it to our future generations to safeguard and protect our special status that Sher e Kashmir and others fought for,” he said while addressing party functionaries and workers at Turtuk and Bogdang in Leh, here today.
Alleging that the present times of turmoil and chaos in the State was the only legacy left behind by PDP BJP Government, Omar said that the primary concern for the State administration right now should be the restoration of normalcy in Jammu Kashmir.
“In their four and a half years of rule, PDP-BJP alliance apart from making a total mess in the State achieved nothing on developmental front as well. Except for issuing rhetorical statements little to no development took place in all the three regions of the state. Ladakh being no exception to it,” he said.
The NC vice president said there was a severe deficiency of basic facilities in far off villages of the Valley, including Ladakh. “The condition of roads in areas of Ladakh is worse than what it was in 2014. Mobile connectivity in the area remains the same, there is no development on that front as well. Scenario with regard to Power supply, Health, Education, water-supply has seen no substantial change in these years. The previous Government chose to turn a blind eye towards such issues,” he alleged.
“Whatever we delivered in the State including Ladakh is for everyone to see. Significant developmental projects were started and completed in Ladakh when we were in power but after 2014, development in the area has come to a grinding halt,” the NC vice president said.
Omar Abdullah was accompanied by Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, Tsetan Namgial (ex MLA Nubra), Tsering Angchuk and P Wangdan Shunu (Lower Leh Councillor) besides party functionaries and activists.


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