‘Had NC tried to divide India, there would have been no India today’
Srinagar:Dubbing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “anti-Kashmiri and anti-Muslim”, National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday challenged him to address a poll rally in Kashmir if he thinks it is an integral part of India.
“Had National Conference tried to divide the nation, then India would not have existed today,” said Abdullah in response to Modi’s jibe at “Abdullahs and Muftis” for ruining the state at a rally in Jammu a day ago.
Abdullah, who is seeking re-election from Srinagar parliamentary constituency, addressed a rally in the heart of Srinagar at Sher-e-Kashmir Park. It began with the official anthem of the party, ‘Lehra Aey Kashmir Ke Jhandey’. The gathering comprising above 3,000 people saw massive sloganeering in favour of safeguarding Article 370 and Article 35A.
Launching a scathing attack on Modi, the five-time chief minister accused him of trying to divide India in the name of religion.
“He remembers those who killed Mahatma Gandhi but not those who sacrificed their lives for freedom of India,” Abdullah said, “You never remembered Saifuddin Kitchloo, who was a Kashmiri and fought against enemies. Thousands among those who were killed in Jallianwala Bagh were Kashmiris but you never remembered them.”
He compared Modi to Egyptian ruler pharaoh, who would describe himself as God.
Challenging Modi to address a rally in the Valley, Abdullah said, “If you believe Kashmir is an integral part of India then why don’t you address rally here.”
“You can’t address election rally in Kashmir because you deceived Muslims and did no justice to Kashmiris,” the NC president said. “You made strict laws, used pellets, but could not win hearts of Kashmir. If Kashmir is an integral part of India then do justice to us.”
Abdullah pledged his party would never join hands with the BJP.
“In 2014, when a leader close to BJP came to me for government formation, I told him that the decision has to be taken by my party leaders and workers. Omar Abdullah and others categorically said that there is no question of forming government with the BJP,” Farooq Abdullah said.