After Omar, Farooq says Delhi creating leaders to ‘divide Muslim voice’

Dares GoI to abolish special status of J&K
After Omar, Farooq says Delhi creating leaders to ‘divide Muslim voice’
National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah speaking at party headquarters in Srinagar | Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

After his son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah also hit out at New Delhi "for creating leaders in every part of Kashmir to divide and weaken voice of Muslims".

"They are producing leaders in every village and everymohalla in Kashmir to divide and weaken us," Abdullah told party workers at NCheadquarters here on Saturday.

He said these new leaders and new parties don't come up inJammu and Ladakh, but only in Kashmir to "weaken Muslims".

Omar has on at least two occasions during his electionrallies termed the new parties as "creation" of New Delhi for dividing votersin Kashmir.

During his press conference on Friday, Omar said that in thepast 15 days at least six new parties have come up in Kashmir. 

The senior Abdullah said the upcoming parliament electionwas a fight for protecting the secular identity of India, which he said waspassing through a very difficult phase.

"It is the question about saving the nation where people ofall religions can live peacefully," said Abdullah.  "Can we save this nation is a big question."

Abdullah dared union finance minister ArunJaitely and uniongovernment to do away with Article 370 and Article 35A, the constitutionalprovisions which define state's special position.

On Thursday, Jaitley had written in a blog that Article 35Awas "surreptitiously" included by a presidential notification in theconstitution in 1954.

Article 35A, Jaitley wrote, was neither part of the originalconstitution framed by the constituent assembly, nor did it come as aconstitutional amendment under Article 368 of the constitution which requiresan approval by two-third majority of both houses of the parliament.

"ArunJaitley said they will abolish Article 35A and Article370. Let them do it, we will also see how can they do so," Abdullah said.

Without naming anybody, Abdullah said some people havebecome leaders in J&K who would "till recently get money from Pakistan".

"Today they sit with RSS. When I see people following them Iam surprised…I'm cautioning you against such leaders," said Abdullah.    

Abdullah took a dig at PDP president Mehbooba Mufti over herstatement that during her tenure as chief minister she didn't allow New Delhito crackdown on Hurriyat and Jamaat-e-Islami.

"This is all wrong. She sacrificed the identity of Jammu andKashmir for protecting her chair," said Abdullah.  

Abdullah claimed that former CM Mufti Muhammad Sayeed haddeeply regretted for allying with BJP when he had come to inquire about NCpresident's health condition after his kidney transplant.

"He had such deep regret. I can't express it in words," saidAbdullah.  

He also attacked Prime Minister NarendraModi for his "hollowpromises" of providing 2 crore jobs every year.

"He is a big liar. Two crore jobs every year means that heshould have given 10 core jobs in five years. Where are these jobs?" askedAbdullah.

Abdullah said he would not contest the next parliamentelection of 2024 and regretted falling levels of debates in parliament over theyears.

"Today it is all about noise and no discussion in theparliament," said Abdullah.

Abdullah said the next state Assembly polls in J&K wouldbe "very crucial".

"They will try to use money power, they have Rs 30,000 corefrom Rafale scam. They are using that money in this (parliament) election aswell," said Abdullah.    

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