Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday warned National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval against projecting Jammu and Kashmir polls as “strategic victory over Pakistan”.
“I disagree with the NSA. Converting these assembly elections into plebiscite or as strategic victory is fraught with dangers for future polls. I believe these elections are not about India, Pakistan or the Kashmir issue,” said Abdullah, who made his tenure’s last media appearance on Monday in Srinagar.
The chief minister’s statement comes in the backdrop of NSA Doval remarks where he described the successful and high turnout in the assembly polls in the Valley “of great strategic importance”.
“It’s exactly what separatists want. They want these elections to be projected something other than the formation of the government because it bolsters their boycott campaign. They will ask voters to boycott because your vote is interpreted differently,” said Abdullah.
Claiming to have improved NC's tally to the Lok Sabha polls, the CM said, “No communication lines are on either with the BJP or the Congress or the PDP.”
In response to queries on NC cozying up to the BJP, Abdullah brushed aside the idea. “Firstly, the party is silent over contentious issues of Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code, but is yet to dissociate itself from them. Two, we have Prime Minister Narendra Modi remaining silent over forced conversions.”
He said he doesn’t see the BJP reaching the magical figure of 44. “There might be a Modi wave in parts of the state... but if the BJP win over just 20 seats, it is a victory of secular parties like the NC and PDP,” he added.
He warned analysts against reading too much in his tweet where he advocated Bharat Ratna for BJP leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
He also expressed surprise over Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad spewing venom against him. “Probably, it comes out of desperation to bring Congress out of the debris,” he added.
The NC leader expressed regret over the 2010 incident that left 113 youth dead in street fights, failure to revoke the Armed Forces Special Forces Act (AFSPA), and forceful implementation of new laws.
“If I was the Opposition with so many mistakes committed by the ruling party, I would have won 44 seats on my own, perhaps even 53 seats. This goes to show something is wrong with the PDP which failed to take advantage of the situation,” said Abdullah.
The chief minister asked the people of Srinagar to emulate other districts and shun boycott politics.
“I thank the people for their overwhelming participation in the assembly elections despite the shadow of the devastating floods. At the end of the day, the institution of democracy has been strengthened, which will bode well for the future. It’s because of measures like not allowing protests and detaining people that we saw peaceful polls,” he added.