National Conference president and candidate for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency Farooq Abdullah Monday said that if he had wished to break India then the country would not have existed. His remarks came day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at Abdullahs and Muftis saying he won’t allow them to “divide” India.
“You (Modi) raise fingers on us saying Abdullahs want to break India. If we had wished India would not have existed. Be thankful to us. Remember 1996 when nobody was ready to contest election (in J&K). Then I, Farooq Abdullah, came out against the advice of my colleagues to raise the flag (tricolour),” he said, addressing an election rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Park here.
“I went on and raised the flag. Don’t forget that Modiji,” Abdullah said. Abdullah, who represents Srinagar in the Parliament at present, said “no matter how much Modi tries to break India, I challenge him from this platform that you will break apart but India would not”.
The National Conference leader said the Prime Minister was only addressing election rallies in Jammu, and not visiting Kashmir, “knowing that he has betrayed Muslims”.“Where do you (the Prime Minister) hold your rallies, in Akhnoor and Kathua?” “He (Modi) didn’t hold any rally among Muslims in Kashmir because he knows he has betrayed Muslims…those Muslims who didn’t go to Pakistan and instead accepted India.