Srinagar: Amid controversy over the restoration of statehood in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has said that he hopes his party is able to galvanise people to vote.
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir made the remarks during an interview with a national newspaper where he was asked if he was going to vote at some point, “If I believe in the processes of democracy and in the courts as a recourse to justice, then I also have to believe in the institutions that give the courts those powers through laws. So yes, I’m a mainstream political operative. Not only will I vote, but I will also hope that my party is able to galvanise people to vote. I just won’t be voting for myself for a while,” Mr. Omar was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Earlier in a column for the same newspaper, he had stated that he won’t participate in the assembly election if the statehood was not restored to J-K. “I simply cannot and will not be a member of a House that has been disempowered the way ours has,”