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Sajad takes dig at Omar over his Sadr-e-Riyasat- PM remark


Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday while reacting to NC vice president Omar Abdullah’s statement on getting back posts of ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ and ‘Wazeer-e-Azam’ said that he conveniently forgets the role of his family legacy for bringing Kashmir to the juncture it is at now.

Addressing a series of workers meetings in Kupwara, Sajad said that it would’ve been very entertaining had it not been so ironic observing Omar Abdullah’s puerile tantrums and desperate antics.

“Promising everything under the sun, betraying his desperation and lacking self- confidence, he conveniently papers over the role of his family legacy for bringing Kashmir to the juncture it is at now. While he himself may have a distorted sense of history the public memory in Kashmir remains vibrant and receptive to informed analysis and sense of accountability”, he added.

Castigating Omar Abdullah on his statement that once brought back to power he will reintroduce the designations of Prime Minister and Governor, Sajad said that “It is quite amusing thinking that it was his grandfather who sealed the deal, blocking the revision of the step. While the Congress in 1965 amended the J&K constitution to do away with the terms “Sadr-e-Riyasat” and “Wazeer-e-Azam”, the amendment however incorporated a legal provision to reverse the decision. It was Sheikh Abdullah who in 1975 as head of the state facilitated the amendment to article 368 of the Constitution of India which debarred this position from being reversed and made it a permanent feature of the state constitution. So is Omar Abdullah implying the obvious by “promising to reverse” the amendment, that indeed at the root of every major act of erosion of the special status of J&K his family has a central role”, he added further.

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