SRINAGAR: “In these difficult times we should repose our trust in God. He will salvage us from the tumultuous times we are going through,” said National Conference president and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah at public rallies held in Srinagar on Sunday. He also said that Muslims in India were terrorised and unable to walk with honour and dignity under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
“Under Modi’s rule, Muslims, Sikhs and other minorities cannot walk with honour and dignity. They are terrorised,” he said, adding, “Those who are ruling in New Delhi are the same people who killed Mahatma Gandhi.”
“Constitutional rights have been infringed upon since the BJP took the reins of power. We were told what to eat and what not to eat. Minorities throughout the country suffered immensely at the hands of cow vigilantes. Hundreds of poor cattle traders were attacked and intimidated,” he said.
“A message was sent that India belongs to adherents of a particular faith. Today, the opportunity is tapping at our door; these parliamentary elections afford us an opportunity to clean the state and the country from the communal yolk. We should avail this opportunity and give BJP and its cronies a befitting reply for all the wrongs it committed and for lying to the nation,” he said.
Farooq Abdullah is standing for Parliament from the Srinagar constituency, an election he is likely to win. The Congress is lending support to him and the PDP, which defeated him in the last elections, has lost its popularity as well as the candidate it fielded in the last elections.
Abdullah lambasted the PDP for implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Jammu & Kashmir. He said the tax took away the state’s powers to levy its own taxes.