Hitting out at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his “silence” on ally Omar Abdullah’s pitch for a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir, BJP president Amit Shah Friday asserted no one can make India part with the state as long as the BJP exists.
Shah also alleged that the Congress and other opposition parties are unhappy with the success of the Indian Air Force’s strike at Balakot in Pakistan.
“Omar Abdullah has suggested appointing a separate prime minister for Kashmir. Is it possible to have two PMs in a country? Can there be a second PM in Kashmir?
“Rahul Baba (Gandhi) is silent on his poll ally Abdullah’s suggestion (separate PM for Kashmir)…He has not uttered a word,” Shah told an election rally here.
Asserting that Kashmir is an inseparable and inalienable part of India, the BJP chief said, “No one can take away Kashmir from us. As long as the BJP exists, Kashmir will continue to be an integral part of India.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah recently advocated a separate prime minister for his state, triggering angry reactions from BJP leaders.
Shah said barely 13 days after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Kashmir’s Pulwama, “air strikes were carried out targeting a terrorist haven inside Pakistan and the whole nation rejoiced.”
“But Rahul Baba did not like it. There was mourning in Gandhi’s party and his alliance,” he alleged.
Lashing out at Gandhi family’s close aide Sam Pitroda, who advocated “talks with terrorists”, the BJP president asked, “Tell me whether we should hold a dialogue with terrorists or bomb them?” “If we get bullets from Pakistan, we will retaliate with more lethal ammunition,” he declared. Maintaining that a Modi wave is sweeping across the country once again, he claimed “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Odisha to Gujarat we hear the chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ everywhere.” Shah claimed it is the BJP alone that can safeguard people’s interests.