Kolkata, Jul 28: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday termed the ongoing unrest in Kashmir as one of the biggest failures of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. He claimed that the situation in the Valley has worsened since 2014. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee’s Younger Brother Ashim Banerjee Dies of COVID-Related Complications
“One of the biggest failures of BJP has been Jammu and Kashmir. The security situation in the state has been deteriorating since 2014,” said Abdullah, who met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat. Also Read - PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme Reaches 7.03 Lakh Farmers In Bengal, Mamata Accuses Centre Of Dilly-Dallying Funds
“The reality is that the BJP government at the Centre was unable to conduct even a parliamentary by-election for a seat vacated by Mehbooba Mufti,” he said. Also Read - 'Should We Hang Ourselves If Vaccines Are Not Available' Asks Union Minister Sadananda Gowda
He said he welcomed the statement of Imran Khan, leader of the largest party PTI in Pakistan polls, that he will take two steps forward if India took one step to end the Kashmir “dispute”. But he said one must wait to see how the Pakistan leader acts after he is formally elected to head the civilian government.
“We have to wait for him to be sworn in. Whatever he said on Thursday about taking two steps forward for every one step that India takes, it sounds good but a lot will depend on the action he is willing to take,” he said.
Abdullah claimed that the incidents of tension and ceasefire violation along the India-Pakistan border have been continuing since the last couple of years.
Abdullah, who reached the city on Friday to attend a seminar on federalism, hailed the Trinamool Congress chief as a great supporter of Kashmir and said the two leaders talked at length regarding the economic activities and tourism in the valley.
“I felt it necessary to call on Mamata di to discuss with her, the prevailing situation in my state because I know that she has a great concern for the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Vice President of National Conference party said.
Hinting at a possible alliance with TMC ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Omar Abdullah said, “Minority in the country has been living under fear. There is no difference between Jammu & Kashmir National Conference and Mamata Banerjee-led All India Trinamool Congress. We have not decided what our alliances will be called. We will try to defeat the BJP.” He further said that all those “who are against the BJP can join us”.
(Inputs from IANS)