Governor working for BJP, not people: Abdullah

National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah during Shikara rally at world famous Dal lake in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel
National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah during Shikara rally at world famous Dal lake in Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Apr 11: National Conference president and former Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah today alleged that the Governor, Satya Paul Malik is working for the Bharatiya Janta Party and not for the people of the State.
Abdullah made these remarks at an election rally in Srinagar. He said that it was not a hidden fact that Governor was BJP’s man here. “Everyone knows who is calling shots here. Governor is working for the BJP. He is not for the people of State. There is no lie in it. An order to ban Highway comes from New Delhi and he is unaware. Rajnath Singh has proved it that it is his order. And today MHA has also made a statement, “he said.
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NC president said that if Centre wanted to enslave us they should be ready for the repercussions, “They should know that we are not their slaves. If they want to enforce slavery on us, they should be ready for the reaction. They won’t be able to control it,” he warned.
Abdullah said that present elections were not only important for the State, but also for the whole nation. “Whether it’s a secular country or meant for Hindus. This election is to save the secular fabric of Kashmir and country. This election will be decided whether we are able to fight extremists or not,” he said.
The NC president said people have awoken this time and know the value of their vote. “They have suffered immensely for it. With this vote, we can not only change the fortune of ourselves but of our country as well,” he said.
Abdullah further said that Governor administration is doing nothing to ensure a fruitful tourist season in Kashmir saying that people across the country should come to Kashmir and experience the hospitality of Kashmiris particularly the house boat community whose warmth has left deep impressions on those who stay in the boats.
While addressing the people at Nehru Park after touring Dal lake in a Shikara, NC president said: “It is the house boat community that has kept the tourism alive in Kashmir with their sheer hospitality and warmth. Staying in a houseboat is a best option for those who want to experience the thrill of nature at its best. A peep outside a house boat affords a panoramic view of mountain and bracing waters of Dal, those who have stayed in a house boat carry the everlasting and memorable impression on their hearts.”
NC president said that negative propaganda by News channels has severely hit tourism sector in Kashmir. “Some people who enjoy Constitutional positions have openly asked people to refrain from visiting Kashmir. Moreover, we didn’t see PM Modi make an appeal to people to visit Kashmir. There was no action on those who indulged into a malicious propaganda against Kashmir tourism. Thankfully, we are receiving good influx of tourists from Malaysia which is a good sign. Situation in the Valley is good; perhaps it’s much safer for tourists to roam around in Kashmir than in any other part of country,” he said.
“Once in power, NC Government with Omar Abdullah as CM will leave no stone unturned to help the boat community to thrive. We will come up with a roadmap for tourism in Kashmir,” he said.