SRINAGAR: A furious Omar Abdullah dared BJP general secretary Ram Madhav to prove his allegations that the PDP, Congress and NC came together at the behest of Pakistan.
“He is ignoring and disrespecting sacrifices of my 3,000 colleagues who died because they did not take instruction from Pakistan. If you have evidence, place it before the public or else apologise. This politics of shoot and scoot will not work,” Omar said.
He said that Ram Madhav was not upset with Pakistan but because his dreams of forming the government could not materialise.
Ram Madhav later withdrew his statement, but not before he had riled Omar further with a tweet that said, “Just take it in your stride Omar Abdullah. Not questioning your patriotism at all. But the sudden love between NC and PDP and the hurry to form government leads to many suspicions and political comments. Not to offend you.” In the tweet, he added an emoji with a toothy smile.
Omar was not amused. He wrote back, “No, misplaced attempts at humour won’t work. You HAVE claimed my party has been acting at the behest of Pakistan. I dare you to prove it! Place the evidence of your allegation of NC boycott of ULB polls at Pak behest in public domain.”
To this, Ram Madhav replied with a tweet, “Now that you deny any external pressure I take back my comment, but now that you proved it was genuine love between NC and PDP that prompted a failed government formation attempt, you should fight next elections together. Mind you it’s political comment and not personal,” he wrote, again adding a laughing emoji.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, the NC leader repeated his demand for an apology from Madhav.
“You cannot undermine the sacrifices made by National Conference workers in protecting the sovereignty of this country. He must apologise,” Omar said.
Expressing shock over Madhav’s allegations, PDP chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted, “Shocked to see baseless allegations against mainstream parties in JK following dictates from Pakistan levelled by @rammadhavbjp ji.”