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Farooq Abdullah’s brother Mustafa Kamal pitches for freedom for Kashmir

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Senior National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal on Saturday stoked a controversy saying Kashmir will be independent as neither India nor Pakistan loves the people of the Valley. “By heart, both of them do not treat us as their own. Neither India nor Pakistan loves us…. In my opinion, Allah has destined independence for us and we will get it,” Kamal said here after paying tributes to his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 110th birth anniversary. Kamal said that his elder brother and the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, following the 1996 assembly elections, had said even if he tore his heart out to show he is an Indian, he would not be believed. “Same is …

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PDP ‘overtly campaigning’ for BJP candidates in Ladakh: Omar

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Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said ruling PDP leaders were “overtly campaigning” for BJP candidates in Ladakh ahead of the hill council polls, despite the “political suppression of the State” by the national party. “Today PDP is campaigning more for BJP than its own candidates here. Almost all their Ministers are here and their only appeal to the people is to vote for anyone but NC. They are overtly campaigning for BJP candidates despite the political suppression of the State and the sentiments of its people by BJP,” Omar said addressing public meetings and workers conventions in Leh. Omar, the working resident of opposition National Conference (NC), said PDP leaders campaigning for BJP candidates in Ladakh ahead of the …

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Won’t allow separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits: National Conference

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Opposition National Conference on Saturday said they will not let Jammu and Kashmir government to set up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits but would strive for return of the minority community to their native places in the Valley. “We are against separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandits. We welcome them (to Kashmir), but we will not let the government to create separate colonies for them,” NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told reporters during a protest rally against the new recruitment policy of the state government. Sagar said National Conference has always supported the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their native places in the Valley. “We have always said that we want them to return to the Valley and settle at …

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#JKElections14: Campaigning ends for 4th phase; Omar, Sayeed in fray

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Campaigning ended today for the fourth phase of Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, which will see voting on 18 seats with a total of 182 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Over 14.73 lakh voters, including 7.05 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their franchise on polling day on Dec. 14 across 1,890 polling stations in four districts of the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood actor and MP Vinod Khanna have campaigned in J-K for the BJP candidates who are contesting in the fourth phase on Sunday. BJP, which is making its first serious bid for power in the state, …

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Omar terms BJP and PDP as two sides of the same coin


Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today termed BJP and PDP as two sides of the same coin while alleging that both the parties are inherently opposed to Article 370, which gives special status to the State. “PDP and BJP are two sides of the same coin and both parties are inherently opposed to Article 370. While (PDP patron) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed eroded Article 370 from 1953 to 1975, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi wants to abrogate it and both these leaders have similar intentions,” Omar said addressing a public meeting in Beerwah constituency of north Kashmir’s Budgam district. “I am amazed that Mufti Sahab can openly talk about Article 370 when it was none other than him who played a very important …

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NC candidate stokes controversy, calls boycott of polls ‘democratic’

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National Conference candidate from Baramulla assembly constituency Ghulam Hassan Rahi has stoked a controversy by saying the calls for boycott of elections in the State is part of a “democratic” process. “This is a democracy. Those calling for boycott also have their role,” he said when asked to comment about the posters of various militant outfits appearing in some parts of Baramulla district calling for election boycott. However, he indicated that pasting of posters could also be a handiwork of political parties in his constituency to scare away the voters who were supporting the ruling National Conference. “I cannot blame the Mujahideen (militants),” Rahi said. Asked if it was a ploy of political parties to issue such posters, he said, …

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Omar never made any serious effort for revocation of AFSPA: Mehbooba Mufti

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Alleging that Chief Minister Omar  Abdullah never made any serious effort for revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said he (Omar) was now trying to cover-his countless failures. Having unceremoniously dumped his rhetorical AFSPA  revocation demand, Mr Abdullah was now trying to blame everybody except himself for his countless failures and follies.     “Unfortunately, Mr Abdullah’s wavering stance on crucial issues during the past six years has reduced the CM’s post to a mockery,” Ms Mufti said while addressing an election rally in this south Kashmir constituency. Accusing Mr Abdullah of never having made a serious effort for the revocation of AFSPA, she said let the Chief Minister come up …

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Omar Abdullah was power hungry or Congress party was pulling the strings for last six years?

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In the last one week ever since star campaigners of National Conference and the Congress party have embarked on the campaign trail to woo electorate in their favor they have been fighting a bitter battle of words and exposing  behind the scene rumblings between the alliance partners. On one hand Omar has been repeatedly attacking the congress party over its propaganda  with regard to creation of administrative units in the state and forcing the National Conference leadership to settle down to incorporate 73rd and 74 th amendment in to the state Act.   While doing so Omar also claims that it has him who forced Congress hand to create administrative units by pressurizing them as congress ministers were reluctant to …

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NC MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool stumps Omar on Poll eve, likely to join PDP

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Openly raising banner of revolt against the functioning of the working president of National Conference another senior leader and party MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Wednesday quit from the primary membership of the party ahead of the first round of polling. Retired as former Chief secretary Sheikh was often credited for ensuing thumping victory of Omar in 2008 Assembly polls after witnessing poll debacle in 2002 from Ganderbal at the hands of PDP candidate. Rasools’ decision to dump the National Conference on the eve of the polls is likely to bolster claims of the opposition party and would provide them with the ammunition to target  the top brass of the party with lethal barbs during the electioneering. In his resignation letter …

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Dr Farooq Abdullah is yet to shed tears over Kashmir tragedy

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Ever since Dr Farooq Abdullah has been shifted to London in connection with his ill health the party machinery was issuing statements in his name to make his presence felt in the Kashmir valley in the run up to the Assembly polls.  But in the last two week sever since the state of J&K is grappling with the flood situation and saw death and destruction on the streets of Srinagar no one in the National Conference has spared an effort to issue a statement on behalf of Dr Farooq Abdullah expressing serious concern over the ground situation.  In the absence of Dr Farooq Abdullah the old horses in the party and the party cadre failed to get their act together …

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