J&K has special status under Constitution: Omar Abdullah

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JAMMU: Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice president, Omar Abdullah has said that some bureaucrats and politicians don’t want Assembly elections in the State to be held on time and didn’t agree with the statement of Governor Satya Pal Malik that Jammu and Kashmir is like any other State saying it has special status under Articles 370, 35A and in view of its accession.

Omar was speaking to media persons after addressing day-long convention of Youth National Conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, the party headquarters, Daily Excelsior has reported.
“Some politicians don’t want timely elections to the Legislative Assembly. Even some bureaucrats too want the elections to be delayed. However, the National Conference was firm that the Assembly polls should be held on time and elected Government should take over at the earliest,” Omar said.
However, he said, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh had left no one in doubt after his identical statements in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha that the Central Government will provide requisite para-military forces to the Election Commission for holding Assembly elections in the State on time.

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The former Chief Minister said he “clearly” heard Singh saying in Parliament that “whatever number of forces is required by Election Commission for holding Assembly and Lok Sabha elections together, we will provide them”.
Replying to a question on Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement that Jammu and Kashmir is like any other State of the country, Omar described the statement as “wrong” saying J&K was different from other States at it enjoyed special status under Articles 370, 35A etc.
“Some part of the State is with Pakistan and China. Which other State is like this? Several wars have been fought on Kashmir. Pakistan shelling takes place only in this State,” he asserted.