Postponement of polls due to militant attacks would be Govt’s surrender: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 10: National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today said that if upcoming Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir are postponed due to the rising militant attacks in Jammu it would be a surrender of the Government to such forces.

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Omar told reporters here that elections would be held on time only when the Prime Minister and Home Minister will not bow to these forces carrying out attacks.
“I don’t have any apprehension ( over postponement of polls). If our Home Minister and Prime Minister are not ready to bow before these forces, then elections will be held on time,” he said.

Omar said that if the polls are postponed due to rising attacks it would be bad for the country.
“But if our Prime Minister and Home Minister’s feet trembled a little and bowed before such forces and postponed the election after attacks, it would be a bad thing for the country”, he added.
The former Chief Minister said if the attacks are being carried to postpone the elections, he would hope that such forces should not be allowed to succeed.
He said that after recent militant attacks it is now proved that Article 370 had no links with militancy.
Omar said that the situation in J&K was worsening day by day. “…Those people (BJP) were claiming that entire militancy is linked with Article 370 and after its abrogation, peace would prevail here…. We continuously said that Article 370 had nothing to do with militancy and even if it is removed there won’t be any effect on militancy. This has been proved now,” he said.
Omar blamed BJP for the militant attacks in Jammu. “When we were in power, our Government was blamed for such attacks. So today attacks are happening. Who is responsible? It is evident that they (BJP) are responsible for these attacks,” he said, adding that Raj Bhawan should focus on bringing the situation to normalcy.
He said he has not heard any demand of a cross border attack following the recent attacks.
“…Such decisions are taken at a higher level. But strikes were conducted earlier as well but did the attack stop? The (BJP) exaggerated about Balakot strikes, but militancy didn’t stop in J&K. If they can assure that by conducting strikes, they can free the whole J&K from militancy, then we are ready to listen,” he said.