Jammu: Minister for social welfare and BJP’s ally Sajad Lone said on Tuesday that former chief minister Omar Abdullah had to “walk over tens of thousands of bodies” to set foot in the legislative assembly.
Participating in the debate over the killings of about 100 protesters during 2016 uprising, Lone said, “Nobody has a moral right to express grief over the civilian killings.”
“Omar sahib who indulged in theatrics about these killings has no moral right to express grief over these killings as for him to reach here (legislative assembly) he had to walk over tens of thousands of bodies,” Lone said.
He said Omar’s “only grudge” was that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had created problems for him during the 2010 uprising.
“If you can’t respect that who were killed, then you have no right to belittle them,” he added.
Referring to an NC legislator for displaying a placard with the picture of one of the slain people, he said, “Was it an expression of sorrow or a theatre? Can we remove the NC from any role in any killing of Kashmiris as they are responsible for being the signatories (of the Accession).”
Lone, son of former resistance leader Abdul Gani, assassinated by suspected militants in Kashmir, spoke his heart out saying Congress did not issue him passport for 10 years.
“Today they (Congress) talks about human rights and human rights violations. They were so inhuman that they did not even issue passport to my five-year-old child,” he said, while lauding Prime Minister Narender Modi for issuing the travel document to him.
He castigated Omar for introducing pellet guns in the Valley saying, “Did you bring pellets guns to play Holi.”
Omar replied that the current government had the power to ban its use.