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3% reservation, divisional status to Ladakh rattle Omar Abdullah
Assembly polls
7/21/2019 11:32:29 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, July 21: NC Vice-president and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah is extremely angry with the Narendra Modi Government, J&K Governor SP Malik and the BJP. He has said that the continuation of President's Rule is not good for the political health of the state as the BJP Government at the Centre has been using the state Governor to implement the BJP's agenda in the state. He has also said that if the Narendra Modi Government is to be barred from implementing the BJP's agenda in the state, there is no other option but to hold the assembly elections in the state at the earliest. He has also denounced the Narendra Modi Government for not holding assembly polls along with the general election.
What has rattled Omar Abdullah all the more was the grant of divisional status to Ladakh or separation of Ladakh from the Kashmir Division and the constitutional amendment that granted 3% reservation to the people (predominantly Hindu) living along or near the International border between Kathua and Sunderbani in Jammu province. He has opined that both these actions of the Narendra Modi Government taken through the J&K Governor are fraught with dangerous consequences.
To be more precise, Omar Abdullah has said: "It must be tempting for the BJP, and by extension the Central Government, to extend Central Rule in J&K as long as possible. It has been easier for the BJP to get part of its political agenda implemented through a handpicked political appointee to the post of governor in J&K. There are many examples, but I will quote two: granting of division status to the Ladakh and Kargil region, and taking reservation granted to people living along the Line of Control and extending it to people living along the International Border. Both these decisions have far-reaching consequences and should actually have been taken by a government mandated by the people to do so, not by individuals appointed by New Delhi".
As for assembly elections, he has said: "My…expectation would be that the Central Government and its handpicked people in the state resist the urge to play politics. While taking care of day to day governance issues, the primary focus must be to create a conducive atmosphere for early elections, thus allowing the people to choose their representatives and their government...The next available opportunity will be later in the year when states like Maharashtra and Haryana go to the polls. My expectation would be that J&K joins these states so that we have an elected government in place before the end of the year".
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