SRINAGAR, Nov 20: National Conference (NC) vice-president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today hoped the Supreme Court, when announcing its judgment on Article 370, will also address the issue of elections.
Abdullah while addressing a gathering at Kulgam said: “I hope that the Supreme Court, when announcing its judgment on Article 370, would also address the issue of elections in J&K.”
“We are demanding it. Hopefully, the Article 370 petition before the Supreme Court might mention elections. Previously, the Panthers Party brought an election petition, and the Chief Justice indicated it would be addressed due to its relation to 370.”
Omar told reporters on the sidelines of the rally: “What else have they (BJP) done other than deceiving us? We’re being misled in the name of elections, unemployment solutions and development.”
The former CM asked the Government why they cannot fix the electricity system here? “We didn’t face such challenges during our tenure. Today, despite claims of sufficient funds, why aren’t they ensuring an improved electricity supply? People endure power cuts of 10 to 12 to 14 hours,” he said.
He criticised the granting of bail to an Army captain convicted by a general court-martial for his role in the 2020 Amshipora fake encounter case.
“I want to appeal to the Centre not to play with the people here. Do not make the people here think that our blood is so cheap that a person found guilty of murder is enlarged on bail so easily,”
Abdullah told reporters that the armed forces tribunal in Delhi has suspended the life sentence of Captain Bhoopendra Singh who was found guilty of killing three men in a “staged” encounter in south Kashmir’s Amshipora village in July 2020.
“Those arrested on minor charges do not get bail for years. On the other hand, an Army officer who was, not by a civilian court but by army court-martial, convicted on murder charges, in a fake encounter.. got bail,” he said.