Renegade Kuka Parray would have been CM had NC not contested in 1996: Omar

Srinagar: National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that had NC not contested the 1996 elections, notorious renegade Kuka Parray would have become the Chief Minister of the state.

Omar, the Former Chief Minister of the state also said that Governor Satya Pal Malik’s job is not to interfere in politics but to make the situation in the state favourable for polls.

“Nobody can deny this or even I can’t prove it, this is my belief that if Farooq Sahab and NC would not have contested 1996 elections then Kuka Parray would have been J&K CM. Whether anybody accepts this or not it is up to them,” Omar said while talking to reporters.

He added,“Governor (SP Malik) Sahab’s job is not to interfere in the politics here. Politics is our job. The sole responsibility of the Governor and his administration is to make the situation favourable to conduct elections so that people will once again take part in the election process,” Omar said during a rally in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

He also mentioned that it is for former IAS officer Shah Faesal to decide his future.

“It’s his choice now where to go. If he wants to join NC then definitely we will discuss it. As Shah Faesal has quit his service for the people of Kashmir, now it is he who has to decide how to work for the people,” he said.

He hoped that south Kashmir would give his party another chance in the next assembly elections.

Criticising the governor for his remark that there is no ‘Operation All-out’ in Kashmir, Omar said people are now confused as “on one hand we listen to (words like) operation all out from the army and on another we hear from the Governor that there was no such operation.”

“We will never support such operation where the people will suffer the most. The crackdowns, killings or excesses, whatever you will name them, even then also we won’t support such operations,” Omar said.

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