Stating that the people of South Kashmir had punished PDP for its alignment with and endorsement of Narendra Modi, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that PDP fielded its candidates tactically in Jammu to divide the secular, anti-BJP vote in order to directly help the BJP candidates in the fray.
National Conference Party President Dr. Farooq Abdullah was addressing a public meeting in Surasyaar, Chrar-e-Sharief Saturday and said that “Modi’s modification of the ‘Idea of India’ is detrimental to the country’s peace and communal harmony”.
“This is no secret anymore – PDP has done everything Modi had asked of it in Jammu probably in lieu of a promise of political patronage by Narendra Modi. However, the people of South Kashmir have aptly punished PDP for its secret dealings with Modi and the party is facing a historic rout from South – a rout that will be replicated in North and Central Kashmir as well in the coming days and months”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said.
He asked the people to vote in large numbers for the NC-Congress Coalition so that communal forces and their partners within the State are kept at bay and aren’t allowed to succeed in their designs to dilute Article 370 for their personal political goals.
According to a statement issued to KNS, Farooq Abdullah said Narendra Modi was out to polarize the entire country in order to achieve his goal of becoming the Prime Minister. “The idea of India is that of a multicultural, multi-religious and secular country where every minority community feel included in growth, prosperity and avenues for development. It is this Idea of India that J&K acceded to and it is this Idea of India that National Conference believes in with utmost conviction”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said.
Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that Narendra Modi’s talk of development and progress has been exposed as nothing beyond shallow rhetoric given that the BJP manifesto talks about the same old divisive issues of construction of the Ram Mandir, Abrogation of Article 370 and the imposition of a Uniform Civil Code. “What does the Ram Mandir, Article 370 abrogation and imposition of Uniform Civil Code have to do with progress and development?”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah asked.