Srinagar: Cricketer turned Bharatiya Janata Party politician Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday lashed out at former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah after the later said that his party will force the centre to restore the various privileges and protections given to Kashmir’s special identity which were eroded over years.
On Monday, addressing a poll rally in north Kashmir’s Bandipora, the National Conference vice-president said: “To maintain our identity, we recorded a few things in the constitution. We said we will have our own identity, we will have our own constitution, and we will have our own flag. At the time we had our Wazir-e-Aazam and Sadr-i-Riyasat, which were removed, but god willing, we will bring that back, too,” he said.
“@OmarAbdullah wants a separate PM for J&K & I want to walk on oceans! @OmarAbdullah wants a separate PM for J&K & I want pigs to fly! More than a separate PM @OmarAbdullah needs some sleep followed by a strong coffee! If he still doesn’t understand then a green Pakistani passport,” tweeted Gambhir.
Omar said: “This is not a simple election. We are being attacked from so many directions. There are so many powers involved in wiping out the special identity of Kashmir. Even Amit Shah in a recent TV Interview said that Article 35A will go by 2020. Before that, Arun Jaitley said that (Articles) 35A and 370 will be removed. Jammu Kashmir is not like other states. The other states merged with India without conditions but Kashmir has conditions; it didn’t accede for free,” he said.
Meanwhile while responding to Gambhir, Omar tweeted: “Gautam,I never played much cricket because I knew I wasn’t very good at it. You don’t know very much about J&K,it’s history or the role of @jknc_ in shaping that history yet you insist on displaying that ignorance for all to see. Stick to stuff you know about, tweet about the IPL.”