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Omar flays BJP over Art 370

Omar flays BJP over Art 370
Highlights

The Chief Minister, who is the working President of National Conference, also dubbed BJP as an \"opportunist\" party with whom he feels there cannot be any relationship.

  • They are avoiding to be caught on this issue because it will be a problem for them: Omar
  • Modi, who was in Kishtawar, refrained from making any political statement on Article 370
  • PM's remarks on dynastic politics 'election rhetoric': PDP

Srinagar: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi skirting any statement on Article 370, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said BJP is shying away from committing on this contentious issue and is instead keeping its "feet in two boats" in Jammu and Kashmir which normally ends up "sinking".
Army Personnel display cache of arms and ammunitions recovered from the hideout of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants during a search operation, in Baramulla on Sunday
The Chief Minister, who is the working President of National Conference, also dubbed BJP as an "opportunist" party with whom he feels there cannot be any relationship.

Omar, who heads the coalition government with Congress, made these remarks when asked to comment on BJP talking in different voices on Article 370 that grants special status to J and K and avoiding making a direct statement on the issue during the assembly polls.

"Of course, they are avoiding to be caught in this issue because it will be a problem for them. In Jammu, Article 370 becomes a national issue, up in the hills in Jammu, they are silent about it and in Kashmir, their candidates say 'if you touch Article 370, we will pick up the gun'....So they are contradicting themselves depending on the place in the state where they happen to be," he said in in an interview to PTI during the course of his hectic campaign for the Assembly elections.

"They don't want to commit themselves one way or the other. But, again, while trying to put their feet in two boats, you will end up sinking," the 44-year-old Omar said.

Modi, who was in Kishtawar of Jammu region, refrained from making any political statement on Article 370. Dismissing Narendra Modi's criticism of dynastic politics and corruption in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said it was "election rhetoric" and exposed the Prime Minister's ignorance about
the state.

Major arms haul ahead of polling in J&K
Srinagar: In one of the biggest arms hauls in recent times, Army on Sunday seized 18 AK-47 rifles and five pistols from a militant hideout in forests near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir. "Army thwarted the efforts of terrorists to smuggle arms in large quantity by intercepting weapons near LoC in Keran sector," an army official said. The weapons seized include 18 AK-47 rifles and five pistols, he said adding searches are still in progress in the area. In another success, army recovered arms and ammunition from Hajibal area of Baramulla district, the army official said. The recoveries included one sniper rifle with a magazine and five rounds, two pistols with four live rounds and two Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL) along with 23 UBGL grenades, he said. As many as 18 hand grenades, six rocket projectile guns (RPG), two disposable rocket launchers, two radio sets and two mortar bombs were also recovered during the operation, the official said. The recoveries come two days ahead of the first phase of polling in Jammu and Kashmir.

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