Kuka Parrey Would Have Been JK CM Had NC Not Contested 1996 Elections: Omar Abdullah
Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said Governor Satya Pal Malik’s job was not to interfere in state politics but to make the situation favourable for the elections so that people are able to take part in electoral process again.
“Governor (SP Malik) Sahab’s job is not to interfere in the politics here. Politics is our job. The sole responsibility of the Governor and his administration is to make the situation favourable to conduct elections so that people will once again take part in the election process,” Omar said during a rally in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Later while taking to reporters, the National Conference (NC) vice-president said had his party and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah not contested 1996 election in the state then the notorious militant-turned renegade Kuka Parray would have been chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Nobody can deny this or even I can’t prove it, this is my belief that if Farooq Sahab and NC would not have contested 1996 elections then Kuka Parray would have been J&K CM. Whether anybody accepts this or not it is up to them,” Omar said.
He also said that it is for former IAS officer Shah Faesal to decide where he wants to go now after quitting his job.
“It’s his choice now where to go. If he wants to join NC then definitely we will discuss it. As Shah Faesal has quit his service for the people of Kashmir, now it is he who has to decide how to work for the people,” he said.
He hoped that south Kashmir would give his party another chance in the next assembly elections.
Criticising the governor for his remark that there is no ‘Operation All-out’ in Kashmir, Omar said people are now confused as “on one hand we listen to (words like) operation all out from the army and on another we hear from the Governor that there was no such operation.”
“We will never support such operation where the people will suffer the most. The crackdowns, killings or excesses, whatever you will name them, even then also we won’t support such operations,” Omar said.
He said that it needed to be understood what was forcing youth to take to militancy.
“We would like to understand these things and would try to address them accordingly,” Omar added. (GK)