Senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Kishtwar district and said the PM's speech should be an eye opener for the people of Jammu region.
Azad said Modi's address focused only on the Kashmir valley and mentioned nothing about the Jammu division of the state.
"It is a wakeup call for the poor people of Jammu who have been perpetually exploited by the BJP and RSS for the last sixty years in the name of regionalism and communalism," Azad said during a function to release the Congress party's manifesto.
Azad accused RSS workers of promoting communalism in the region. In the dead of the night they spread hatred and divide people while during the day, BJP leaders are tom-tomming the so-called bait of "Vikas" (development) to mislead people," he said.
Azad further took a dig at the BJP for what he said was a shift from its stand on the issue of abrogation of Article 370, which grants special status to the state, only to form a government.
"In a desperate attempt to make space in the state's political milieu, the party (BJP) has said 'goodbye' to its basic agenda…and is using all means to tie up with inimical forces," he said.
Azad accused the BJP of "shaking hands with the Hurriyat" to come to power in the state which, he said, spoke of the saffron party's "low-moral principles and ruthless political policies".
Azad also mentioned an earlier statement by BJP's candidate for Amirakadal constituency in Srinagar, Hina Bhat, who had said she will pick up the gun if Article 370 was abrogated. Azad said it was Bhat's speech that forced BJP to stop drumming up support on the issue of Article 370 in the state.
Bhat is believed to have later apologised for having made the statement.
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