Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Ambdullah and his father and National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah slammed the BJP’s manifesto on Monday, calling it a means to “hoodwink the voters before elections” and would be put on the back burner after the elections.
“I have been a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and hence I know that there was never a discussion on any of the issues. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) uses the issues to come to power and are kept on the back burner once they are there,” noted Omar.
Speaking to reporters after Farooq Abdullah filed his nomination papers for the Srinagar constituency, the NC leaders made it clear that the party would not allow abrogation of Article 370 at “any cost”.
“The BJP’s aim has always been to remove Article 370 and they are lying when they say that there is a scope for discussion. It’s mere eyewash, but we will never allow it to happen till we are alive,” said Farooq.
Omar went a step ahead, saying Article 370 could not be revoked without “questioning” the accession of Kashmir to India. “If the BJP is ready to question the state’s accession we have no problem,” he said.
Adding that the BJP is uncertain about what they want, Omar said: “Last time, the BJP prime ministerial candidate called for a debate on the issue, when I said tell me where and when, they replied he was too busy and I was not of the same league as him.”
“This is not for the first time that the BJP wants to come to power. Every time they want to come to power, they take up the issues of Article 370, ‘Ram Mandir’ and Uniform Civil Code. However, they are never serious about it. Ask them what steps they took on these issues when they were in power,” Omar added.
Denying that there was any “Modi wave” in the country, Omar said the BJP was asking people to vote for “dictatorship”. “What is Modi sarkar: If BJP was asking to vote for the party, I would have I understood, but it’s like asking to vote for a dictator, whose right hand said that he was all for a revenge. It is very dangerous for the country,” he added.