Chief minister Omar Abdullah said he doesn’t understand the reason for top terrorist Salah-ud-din issuing death threats to Panchs and Sarpanchs as he himself had earlier announced that his terrorist outfit-Hizbul Mujahiddin won’t harm them.
“His (Salah-ud-din) own tune is changing. He was the one who had earlier said there will be no threat made to Panches and Sarpanches and that these elections (Panchayat) can go ahead without any sort of threat from militants. I do not know why he has now jumped suddenly on this bandwagon of issuing the threat,” said Omar at a press conference on the opening of Durbar-civil secretariat in Jammu.
HM supremo Salah-ud-din in a interview had said: “Panchs and Sarpanchs are exploited by India project Kashmir as pro-India and as such, they will continue to be targeted.”
Panch and Sarpanch had been given 24-hr dead line to explain its stand after this threat, which ended on Saturday. They have denied tendering resignation.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah had in an interview to New York Times, last month, said the recent killings of Sarpanchs and Panchs were not an act of militancy but seemed to be more of personal rivalry.
“Inquiries point in a particular direction. What is becoming increasingly apparent is that these were not militant attacks….There seems to be more of a personal rivalry,” he said in a interview.
Omar not only ruled out providing security to panchs and sapranchs but also said there was no need for it, especially in Jammu region.
“We didn’t commit to provide them security…it’s also not necessary. In entire Jammu region only three district are militant affected, whose number is about 40. In Kashmir where there is threat, central and intelligence agencies are making assessment of threat perception and government will taken action,” said Omar.
Answering a question on Armed Forces Special Powers Act, CM said, no deadline has been set for revocation of the act from the State.
He also said the government is very clear that 73rd amendment will not be brought into J&K. Omar said the State has its own constitution and changes can be made in the State Panchayati Raj Act to incorporate those provision of the Amendments which could be beneficial for Panchayati Raj.
Commenting on the issue of subsidised LPG, CM said the government can’t provide additional subsidy on LPG as it’s already providing highly subsidised power but is pushing for concession to J&K.
The government has asked oil ministry to extend deadline for filing Know-Your-Customer form, he added.