In the wake of the controversy over the hate speech by Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must apologise to the residents of Kashmir.
"Kashmir is a Muslim majority state and the Prime Minister who will hold a rally in Srinagar must apologise to the people of Kashmir as his cabinet colleague has used abusive language for people like us," Omar told reporters on the sidelines of an election rally here.
Asking BJP as how the party now expects votes from the people of Kashmir when such derogatory words have been used for the people, he said "Modi should explain why no action was taken against the minister... and apologise."
Reacting to a question on the Prime Minister's upcoming election rally in Kashmir in which BJP has claimed that it expects the participation of more than one lakh people, Omar said, "BJP has no dearth of money and they can offer food and arrange vehicles so it would not be a big deal to gather one lakh people from the entire Kashmir valley."
He said even separatist-turned-politician Sajad Lone can alone bring more than 20 to 30 thousand people to attend Modi's rally.