How dare he say that: Modi blasts Omar Abdullah over Kashmir PM remarks

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 02 April 2019, 09:30 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has blasted National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah over his remarks seeking a separate PM for Jammu and Kashmir and demanded answers from Congress, who is fighting elections in an alliance with Abdullah’s party in Kashmir. "Two Prime Ministers for Hindustan? Do you agree with it? Congress has to answer and all the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ partners have to answer. What are the reasons and how dare he say that," Modi said while addressing a rally in Hyderabad on Monday.

The prime minister also asked whether West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and U-turn Babu (Chandrababu Naidu), with whom NC’s Farooq Abdullah campaigned recently, agree with the demand. "Does Mamata Didi agree? Does U-Turn Babu agree? Does Pawar Sahab agree? Does former PM Deve Gowda Ji agree? Shame on the Opposition! Till Modi is there, no one can divide India!" Modi said.

Addressing a rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora, Abdullah on Monday said that the state became a part of India with several conditions, unlike other states. "Modi said in an interview that by 2020, we will repeal article 35A. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had threatened us that Article 35a and Article 370 will be removed, but Jammu and Kashmir is not like the other states. Other states became a part of India without any conditions. We made conditions. We did not come for free," he said.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said that when Kashmir became part of India, it had its own President and Prime Minister and vowed to bring that back. "To maintain our identity distinct, we entered certain things in the Constitution. We said our identity would be ours, we will have our own law, our own flag. At that time we also had our President and Prime Minister, and we will bring that back," he added.

First Published: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 09:09 AM
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