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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that people like Governor of Meghalaya Tathagata Roy wants “Kashmir without Kashmiris”.

Lashing out at the Meghalaya Governor for supporting an appeal to boycott Kashmiri goods, Omar took to his Twitter handle and wrote: “These are the bigots driving Kashmir over the abyss. While you are at it Tathagata why don’t you stop using our rivers to generate your electricity as well?”

“People like Tathagata want Kashmir but without Kashmiris. They’d sooner see us driven in to the sea. He’ll be best placed to know he can’t have one without the other so what’s it to be?” Omar wrote on Twitter.

After being slammed for his comments, the Meghalaya Governor later said in a tweet, “Vociferously violent reactions from media and several others to my ECHOING OF a suggestion from a retired army colonel. A purely NON-VIOLENT REACTION to the killing of our soldiers by the hundreds and the driving out of 3.5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits.”

Earlier Meghalaya Governor Roy said, “An appeal from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree.”


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