Omar's ahistorical narrative of Cong, NC friendship

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said late Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru did not feel the need to form the state unit of the Congress party when late Sheikh Abdullah was the head of the state.

Addressing public rallies at Nowshera, Rajouri, and Mera Mandarian in Akhnoor after inaugurating two major bridges in these areas, Omar said Sheikh Abdullah and Pandit Nehru had entered into agreement called "Delhi agreement" on July 7, 1952.

However, political observers believe, contrary to what Omar has said, that Congress did not have a liking for Sheikh Abdullah. Pandit Nehru, in particular, was not happy with the selective implementation of the agreement. According to a senior Congress leader, Nehru, in a letter to the Sheikh Abdullah, had expressed strong displeasure over it.

Sheikh Abdullah was arrested on the charge of sedition in famous Kashmir conspiracy case in August 1953 when Pandit Nehru was the Prime Minister. The orders of his arrest were issued by then sadar-e-riyasat Dr Karan Singh.

Sheikh Abdullah was released in April 1964, when Nehru was still the prime minister. He (Nehru) died in May 1964. The state unit of the Congress was formed on December 17 1964, when late Lal Bhadur Shastri was the Prime Minister. GM Sadiq was the first head of the state unit of the Congress.

Omar said the relations between the National Conference and Congress had grown since the time of Sheikh Sahib and Jawaharlal.

"These grew further during Sheikh Sahib and Indira Ji's period and Rajiv Gandhi and Dr Farooq Abdullah's time, and are further being cemented this time", said Omar.

Sheikh Abdullah had entered into an agreement with Indira Gandhi in 1975. Congress believes that it is the final political resolution of Kashmir tangle, but NC believes in autonomy.

Dr Farooq and Rajiv Gandhi entered into an agreement in 1987, which many believe virtually ended the opposition in the state and gave space to separatists.


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