July 2020 News

Except Statehood, Other Aspects Of Aug 5 Have Been Washed Away Is Misleading: Omar Abdullah

28 July 2020
Kashmir News Service

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today clarified that the impression being created that only statehood is required and other aspects of August 5 have been washed away is misleading. Omar Abdullah who has faced brickbats on social networking sites for his views articulated in an article in a New Delhi based daily. He in a series of tweets wrote, 'Not forgotten. The impression is being created that only statehood is required & all other aspects of 5th Aug have been washed away. That's lazy & misleading. I'm have never placed statehood restoration above the fight for J&K's special status yet the 370 comments get wiped out.' On being asked by a journalist will he fight elections if and after statehood is restored and no change is made to 5 August decision? He in response to the question wrote, ' I may not, but the party will chart its own course when all the leaders are set free and given a chance to talk. I've made it clear that these are ONLY my thoughts, I am not speaking for the party. The party and its leaders will formulate our policy, not me as an individual.' 'Haters will hate & nothing will change that. There are a few people from whom I expected better but disappointment is part of politics & one has learnt to live with it. Life goes on,' he wrote in another tweet. Further clarifying his views articulated in the article, 'I've simply said that having been CM of the STATE of J&K I will not fight an assembly election to the assembly of the UT of J&K. That's it. No more no less! That's a far cry from saying I'm demanding statehood be restored.'