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Never questioned J-K's accession to India: Omar
Dinesh Manhotra/TNS

Jammu, November 4
Under attack from coalition partner the Congress and the Opposition BJP for repeatedly raking up the issue of accession, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said he had never used words such as “conditional” and “incomplete” with regard to the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union.

He reaffirmed that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of the country.

“J&K acceded to India and J&K is a part of India. There are no two ways about that. There may be difference about how the state acceded to India as compared to other states but that does not call into question the accession”, the Chief Minister said while talking to mediapersons on the opening of the biannual darbar at Jammu here this morning.

On “time and again questioning” accession, Omar said: “Please do not put your words in my mouth. I have never used the word conditional nor the word incomplete... I have never used such words. You pull out the Assembly record and see what I had said.” Omar’s statements on accession on October 6, 2010 and March 25, 2013 on the floor of the Legislative Assembly had evoked strong reaction from the Opposition.

On March 25, the Chief Minister, on the floor of the Assembly, had stated that accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union was only on three subjects - currency, defence and foreign affairs.

Similarly, while interacting with a delegation of ambassadors of European Union (EU) on September 25, Omar had said while other states had merged with the Union of India after accession, Jammu and Kashmir had only acceded on four matters - currency, communication, foreign affairs and defence.

The Chief Minister’s statement had evoked strong reaction as even the Congress had launched veiled attack for “questioning” the accession.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah dismissed any “Modi wave” in the country but admitted that the influence of Modi cannot be ignored. “As far as Modi wave is concerned, it is a little bit of an exaggeration also but it would also be wrong on our part to deny any influence of Modi in the elections.” “Modi effect is visible on the BJP cadre, but it may not trickle down to the average voter. If that happens, we will have to see,” he said.

On the possible Third Front, he said: “I have nothing to do with the Third Front. The National Conference is a committed constituent of the UPA and that is how we see our future”.

Omar also clarified that he had not suggested that Northern Ireland peace formula was the only solution to the Kashmir problem. “As the Chief Minister it would be an act of gross impropriety if I support only one solution,” Omar said but he hastened to add: “As a leader of the National Conference, I can say our party’s road map is duly stamped by the Assembly.”





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