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Omar hits out at BJP for linking restoration of statehood with Kashmir situation

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Former chief minister and National  Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Monday hit out at BJP for linking restoration of statehood with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was reacting to senior BJP leader Ashok Koul’s statement, who earlier in the day said the statehood will be restored “when the situation in J&K becomes better” and the selective killings will end.

“So the people of J&K will be punished, by having our statehood withheld, because of the collective failure of the Union Government & the J&K administration? They fail to protect people, they fail to manage the security situation & the rest of us are punished. What an idea sir ji!’#’,” Abdullah tweeted.

Koul, who is BJP General Secretary, earlier in the day said the statehood would be restored, when situation becomes better in J&K.

“When the situation in J&K becomes better, when the selective killings will end, and common people will be able to move freely, the statehood will then be restored,” Koul told reporters in north Kashmir’s Bandipora.

The BJP leader said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minster Amit Shah have on the Floor of Parliament announced that the statehood of J&K will be restored.

He said polls in the Union Territory will be held soon after the delimitation commission submits its report.

“The delimitation commission has time till March 6, 2022. When the commission submits its report under which 90 seats will be delimited, the elections will follow soon after,” he said.



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