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We will continue our fight democratically…: Omar Abdullah on Article 370

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We will continue our fight democratically...: Omar Abdullah on Article 370

Omar Abdullah said his party would continue to struggle to restore Article 370.


Deputy Chairman of the National Congress, Omar Abdullah, said today, Saturday, that his party will continue the struggle “democratic, constitutional and political” to restore Article 370, which the center abolished three years ago.

The former prime minister said he believed the National Committee, which petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the decision announced by the center on August 5, 2019, has a strong case.

“We are not on the roads or misleading the public or taking the law into our own hands to restore Article 370. We will continue our fight democratically, constitutionally and politically and it is our right.”

“I am not among those who will waive (article 370),” Omar Abdullah said. “We have confidence in the Supreme Court, but our only request is that you at least listen to us. We think our case is strong.” He said.

He said he would have felt uneasy if the Supreme Court had acted quickly on a set of petitions relating to the case, arguing that the Government of India wanted to decide on it soon.

“Since the Supreme Court takes time, I think they also know that our case is strong,” he added.

The NCP leader said the government could not be expected to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 because it had taken it in the first place.

“We did not ask for it from the central government. The person who took it from us, do I hope they will return it to us?” he asked.

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He said that very few parties supported the position of the National Congress on revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, he also did not expect that if any other party came to power in the center, he would return it.

“I won’t tell people to wait until the elections of 2024 because the government is changing, which I don’t see happening,” Omar Abdullah said. “It is a political battle and we are fighting it with the belief that we will win.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by the NDTV crew and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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