PDP used people as sacrificial goats for power: Omar


Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that PDP and Mufti’s used the people who had voted for them as a sacrificial goat for securing power.Addressing a public meet in Kund valley, Devsar, party vice president said, “Anyone holding a public post whether a governor or a chief minister in our state has to take oath on the state constitution. However anti-state forces are not able to digest that realism. This has become scorn in the eyes of those forces as have revived their vows to destroy the special constitutional position of our state in their manifesto. However they fail to understand that the erstwhile Dogra ruler Hari Singh didn’t merge with the union, he had only acceded with the dominion of India on three subjects. While as the rest of princely state’s subsequently merged with the union, the state of Jammu and Kashmir chose not to sign the merger papers. Our leadership had long drawn discussions with the GOI; the outcome of the negotiations came forth in the shape of the Delhi Agreement. Our state under the indisputable leadership of Sher- e- Kashmir was able to secure itself a state flag and a special status within the union of India,” adding, “today we see forces as are hell-bent to destroy the state’s special position contrive hard to do away with the constitutional provisions of Art 370, Art 35-A that confer special status to our state. The fact remains that Maharaja would not have signed Instrument of Accession had New Delhi not taken an undertaking to protect the individual character of the state. Those who are questioning the vitality of Art 370, Art 35-A, are unwaveringly questioning the rudiments of the accession of the state with the union of India. Any assault on the special status of our sate will without a doubt cast a shadow on the fundamentals of accession.”