Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party were conspiring to dilute the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a public meeting in Pulwama of South Kashmir, Omar said the PDP had “sold its soul to the BJP and agreed to be a part of the latter’s plan to dilute the special status of the state in return for a promise of political patronage from Narendra Modi”.
“The PDP’s tactical fielding of candidates from Jammu and Udhampur parliamentary seats has proved that they are trying to dilute anti-BJP vote in both seats. Their exhibition of loyalty to the BJP is shocking which vindicates PDP’s opportunistic politics,’’ he said.
He also slammed the opposition for its election manifesto, saying PDP president Mehbooba Mufti did not have the courage to talk on behalf of her people in Parliament during her tenure as an MP.
PDP in its manifesto had said the party would represent the aspirations of Kashmiri people in Parliament.
“Her contempt for the people of Jammu and Kashmir is well demonstrated by the fact that she never chose to get up and represent J&K in Parliament. Parliamentary records are proof enough to infer that Mehbooba does not deserve to become a Member of Parliament,” he said.
PDP leaders, he further said, had asked the people to refrain from taking Narendra Modi’s name without attaching “Ji” and “Sahab” with his name.
“Mehbooba has also said she saw a political reincarnation of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Narendra Modi. This was the same Narendra Modi who accepted all caps and headgears of different communities with respect but refused to accept a scull cap,’’ Omar said.
Modi had formally stated in the BJP manifesto that his party was committed to abrogating the Article 370, he said.
He also referred to Modi’s remark in an interview allegedly equating Muslims with puppies’.
“Leave aside apologising for the Gujarat riots in 2002, Modi once said he was a human and was moved even if a puppy came under his car. He doesn’t see any difference between a Muslim and puppies,”’ he remarked.
Omar said Jammu and Kashmir had a history of communal harmony and the BJP- PDP would not be allowed to make any inroads into the state.
He said it was the National Conference that ensured that Pulwama ushered into an era of development by nominating GN Ratanpuri to the Rajya Sabha besides electing Mehboob Beg to the Lok Sabha.