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Won’t humiliate myself by entering into UT assembly: Omar

Says will continue to fight for restoration of Statehood to J&K

Srinagar, June 10: Stating that he would continue to fight for the restoration of Statehood, National Conference (NC) Vice President, Omar Abdullah, who faced a defeat in recently concluded parliamentary elections from Baramulla Lok Sabha seat, stated that he will not contest the upcoming assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
In an interview with a national news gathering agency, Omar has stated that he will not humiliate himself by entering into the Union Territory’s assembly.
Omar cleared his stance on contesting assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir in wake of the downgrading of a State into the Union Territory. “I am not contesting the assembly elections, but will lead the campaign for my party and the candidates,” he said, adding that he will not enter into the Union Territory assembly.
“I will continue to fight for the restoration of Statehood and will fight for it to be restored to us,” he said, adding that he will only seek an opportunity to enter the assembly after the full state of Jammu & Kashmir with no dilution is ensured.
Omar while reacting to the query stated that he is still struggling to understand the reasons behind his defeat in the recently concluded parliamentary elections. Omar stood second in the recently Lok Sabha polls and lost against the jailed leader and Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) chief, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh by a margin of nearly two lakh votes.
Nonetheless, he stated that the party besides the fact of his defeat has a lot to be satisfied by, saying that the candidate selection by the party was correct.
The former chief minister of erstwhile State further stated that the seat sharing in West Bengal would have gifted more six seats to the INDI Alliance.

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