Two years ago on August 5, 2019, the Narendra Modi-led government brought a historical change in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Omar Abdullah National Conference leader showed his displeasure saying the country failed to solve the Kashmir issue. According to Abdullah, abrogation of article 370 had not served its purpose. During an interview, he raised Kashmir issues to which the Centre failed to find the solutions even by withdrawing the special status of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State.
He said the issue of Kashmiri Pandits’ migration has not been resolved. Two years ago, on 5th August, Union Minister Amit Shah introduced the bill that ended Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated J&K into two separate Union Territories.
Omar and his father Farooq Abdullah met PM Narendra Modi just five days before the historical change happened. He refused and said he and many others weren’t aware of any such development regarding the state.
After the law was enacted, Omar Abdullah was put in detention. Recalling his detention days, he said, “I do not hold the country responsible for what happened. But I may not be as trusting of the institutions as I ordinarily should have been or would have been.”
He also presented his disappointment towards the Supreme Court of India for the delay in the response to the petition filed. But, admitted that the Corona crisis severely affected the functioning of the Judiciary in India.
Various parties of Jammu and Kashmir formed the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) to restore the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The Gupkar alliance added that they will fight for their rights through peaceful and legal means.