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Contesting polls will not resolve Kashmir's political problems

india Updated: Dec 12, 2013 19:38 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday ruled out any relation between elections and the "greater political problems" of the state.

"The contesting of elections will not amount to the resolution of all political issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir," said Omar.

He said his party, the National Conference, fought the elections in 2008 "to address the development issues and day-to-day problems of the people".

The chief minister claimed he would continue to endeavour for the internal autonomy and financial self-reliance of the state to achieve the goal of peace and prosperity.

"The gun has inflicted great injuries on the state, hitting both people and the economy. Our development remained at a standstill, while other states went much ahead on the road to progress during the period of militancy which gripped the state for over 20 years," said Omar, while addressing a public gathering at Lalpora village in Lolab constituency of Kupwara district in north Kashmir.

He said his government worked sincerely and with a commitment to make up for the losses and damage caused by "the gun", and put the economy back on track.

Without naming People's Democratic Party legislators, the CM accused them of indulging in "politicking and forgetting their role in mitigating public difficulties".

"The network of schemes launched, under implementation and completed during the last nearly five years speak of the sincerity and performance of the government, but those who have covered their eyes with dark glasses do not want to see the achievements of the coalition government," he alleged.

Referring to the 'pen and inkpot party', which is the party symbol of the PDP, he alleged, "It was indulging in false propaganda against the government and criticised it on the power generation front. It should reply as to how many projects it started in the state during its tenure."

"The PDP did not even launch one power project of 1MW capacity during its tenure," he added.