Separatist-turned-mainstream politician and legislator from north Kashmir's Handwara Sajjad Gani Lone on Tuesday thanked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for providing passport to him and his kids, which he said were denied to him by Congress government in New Delhi.
"I am personally thankful to BJP because they provided me passport and visa to (my) kids which was denied during congress regime in Delhi," said Lone while responding to the criticism for joining hands with the right-wing BJP.
Lone also accused former chief minister Omar Abdullah of settling scores by speaking on killings of civilians in 2016.
"His focus was more on role of opposition in 2010 than killings in 2016. He (Omar) didn't express sorrow over killings in 2016 but complained more about role of opposition in 2010," he said.
"When I met PM Modi for the first time, I was scared that I may be killed. But later I realised when a leader like Omar Abdullah wasn't killed for having alliance with the BJP for five years, why should I be killed."
He said no political party in Kashmir has the right to use dead people as "ornaments to set stages for public audiences."