Omar Abdullah (National Conference)
Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah

BANDIPORA — Hitting out at the Bhartiya Janata Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice-President, Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that they don’t want hearing of Article 370 and 35-A in the Supreme Court as it would be impossible for them to defend the case in the court.

As per Kashmir News Service (KNS), talking to reporters on sidelines of a party workers convention in Bandipora, Omar said that if the Article 370 case had been in favour of the Centre, its hearing would have taken place in the Supreme Court a long ago. “They know they can’t defend it, that is why there has not been a single hearing so far.”

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Omar said that the government knows that the decision taken on August 05, 2019 was unconstitutional and undemocratic and they are afraid to face it in the court, which is why there has been no hearing.

While addressing the party workers, he also said that if the BJP gets majority during elections in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP will pass resolution in the Assembly to support the decision taken by the Centre on August 05, 2019.

“To pass the resolution that the people supported August 05, 2019 decision, BJP cannot do this without getting seats from Kashmir which is the reason they have created new political parties here to divide votes,” he added.

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Replying to a question on land purchased in Jammu and Kashmir by outsiders, Omar said that Article 370 is not about land but about the identity of Jammu and Kashmir. “Today, the people of Ladakh and Kargil are protesting to get snatched rights back as they know it is their identity.”

On being asked about participation of National Conference in Delimitation Commission, Omar said that their demand is that it shouldn’t be done on political basis. “There should be only one agenda before the commission that this should be done based on 2011 Census and not to support few political parties here.”

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