NC Can Safeguard The Unity And Integrity Of J&K: Omar

6 November 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: Asserting that a popular government holds the key to address problems of the people, National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah on Thursday said his party alone was capable of safeguarding the unity and integrity of Jammu and Kashmir. 'NC is the only party which can safeguard the unity and integrity of Jammu and Kashmir, restore its special position and is capable of providing relief to the helpless people from the exploitive elements,' Omar said addressing a convention of party workers from Charar-e-Sharief assembly constituency. Attacking the previous PDP-congress coalition government, Omar said 'instead of healing touch (much publicised slogan of PDP), PDP soaked the blood of people, sold out land to the Amarnath Shrine board and sowed the seeds of largescale corruption and allowed unemployment grow during its six year rule.' Referring to his party's regime (1996-2002), he said his father Farooq Abdullah formed the government when the clouds of war were hovering between India and Pakistan and the killing of innocents was the order of the day. 'But despite these drawbacks, the NC government motivated the Centre to announce a ceasefire in 2000. Five top Hizbul commanders then came forward and the process of talks was set in motion,' he said. 'The state was in deep economic distress, but our government provided adequate power to the people and charged merely Rs 50 from them,' he said. 'Today, the electricity system has virtually collapsed and the people are forced to stay under darkness for as long as 15 hours despite paying heavy electricity bills', he added.