BJP snatching jobs, lands of Kashmiris: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, May 18 (KMS): National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah, has said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government snatched jobs and lands of the locals and offered contracts of various development projects to the outsiders, causing severe setback to the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a public meeting at Thannamandi in Rajouri, Omar said during the abrogation of Article 370, BJP leaders made tall promises with the people of occupied territory but now the people here are feeling cheated. “They are frustrated lot now,” he added.

Omar said today the jobs of the local educated unemployed youth have been “snatched” by the outsiders. The lands of the small farmers and others are being snatched on different pretexts. The tall claims of massive industrialization and development have fallen flat. Most of the development projects/ works are being allotted to the people from outside J&K while our contractors have been made to sit idle.

“Many local contractors have lost their livelihood and even the unemployed engineers who were working through Self Help Groups for earning a dignified livelihood have been made jobless. Even the minor mineral and liquor contracts have been snatched from the locals and offered to the people from outside J&K,” Omar regretted.

Omar further said that the greatest strength of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is unity of the people. Cautioning people against the efforts aimed to draw a wedge between Kashmiris, Gujjars and Paharis, he said, “Diversity J&K is tremendous, deep inside our hearts beat together. There are certain common links and unifying bonds that keep varied sections of our society together. All of us are worried for our identity, our culture and our dignity.” He added, “Multi ethnic unity in Pir Panjal has been an eye sore to anti- J&K forces. ”

“At present also, efforts are underway to create a wedge between Gujjars, Paharis and Kashmiris, particularly in Pir Panjal. ”

Speaking against the rising intolerance among Govt circles against a single critical word in the press he said, “Trend of rolling out criminal charges against journalists and muzzling their voice has become an everyday affair.”