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Won't beg Centre for polls in J&K, will see to it whenever held: Omar Abdullah

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Wont beg Centre for polls in J&K, will see to it whenever held: Omar Abdullah
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Srinagar: While speaking to the reporters after a party function in Phalgam in South Kashmir's Anantnag district, Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Kashmir and vice-president of National Conference party has said that his party will not beg the Centre for conducting polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We will see to it whenever elections take place. But I have been saying this, we will not beg for these elections," Abdullah said.

He added that delay in polls does not worry the party and blamed BJP of lacking the courage to conduct elections in the Union territory.

"BJP members are scared, they do not have the courage to conduct the elections. Let them find the courage, plunge into the fray and then we will see where people stand," Abdullah said.

Asserting that the party's public meetings were not a signal to its workers that the elections were approaching, the NC vice-president said party leaders were meeting with workers in an endeavor to strengthen the organisation, identity loopholes and plug them.

On criticism over his remarks on Tuesday that the NC will revoke the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) after it forms the government in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah asserted that he had not said anything new.

"I have been continuously saying it for the last few years. I think I said it in the 2019 parliamentary polls as well, and I stand on this. When the NC forms the government, we will remove this law from the statute," he added.

On the government's latest order asking all outgoing lessees to immediately handover possession of the land taken on lease, the NC leader said it was very "unfortunate".

"I understand the leases have expired and they (government) want to renew those leases, but those people who have kept these institutions, structures, and businesses running in very difficult times, they should get first priority.

"Let the government fix the rates, ask the lease holders to renew at such rates, and if they cannot do that, then let the government look out for others. How is it justified that you want to vacate them from there first," he asked.

The government aims to vacate them as it wants to bring people from outside, Abdullah claimed.

-IANS Inputs

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