National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Monday while retorting back to Prime Minister Narendra Modi said if his family wanted to break India, “there would have been no India”.
Addressing a poll rally in Kathua district on Sunday, the prime minister had slammed the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying the two families “ruined” three generations of Jammu and Kashmir and he will not allow them to “divide” India.
The NC leader said it was Modi who was trying to break the country, but he will not succeed.
“Our party fights for the rights of all the people be it Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians or Buddhists and we will continue to fight. Even if Modi tries his best, he will not be able to break India. I want to tell him from here today that you will break, but India will not. You accuse the Abdullahs of trying to break India, if we wanted to break India, there would have been no India then,” he said.
Addressing a workers’ rally near the city centre here, the former chief minister said Modi should remember that it was him (Abdullah) who held the country’s flag when no one wanted to fight elections in the state in 1996.
“Modi should remember that in 1996 when no was ready (for elections), I was the one who went ahead even as my colleagues said we should not contest. But I wanted the people to get rid of the difficulties they were facing…I held this flag and went ahead at that difficult time. You (Modi) should never forget that. There was no one here then, but now you scream,” he said.
Referring to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that the Centre would make a stronger sedition law, Abdullah said “we will see what you will do” but Modi and the BJP cannot win the hearts of Kashmiris.
“You cannot win our hearts. Hearts cannot be won by (using) pellet guns or banning highway or by doing injustice. You say we are not loyal, par agar hum wafadar nahin, tum bhi toa dildar nahin (if we are not loyal, you are also not large-hearted). You say we are your atoot-ang (integral part), how are we the integral part? Where? This is a lie. If we are your integral part, then do justice with us,” he said.
“Which leader fought the British when General Dyer killed people at Jalianwala Bagh? He was Saifuddin Kitchloo a Kashmiri from Baramulla. And hundreds of those killed there were from Kashmir. Did you ever remember them or take Kitchloo’s name? You only remember those who killed Mahatma Gandhi. (Nathuram) Ghodse’s temple is built in India and you said nothing. Are Muslims not a part of India? We are not dividing the country, but you are, on religious lines. You and Amit Shah are destroying India. So, desist from accusing us,” he said.
Referring to the post-poll scenario of the 2014 assembly elections when no party got a majority in the state, Abdullah said some people from the BJP had visited him in a hospital where he was undergoing treatment and wanted the NC to ally with the saffron party.
“But, I told them that I was in hospital and had nothing to do with it. I am happy that Omar Abdullah did not join those people whose hands are drenched with the blood of Muslims,” he said.
“I want to tell Modi that Farooq Abdullah will not support you till his death. Do whatever you want, but you cannot buy our faith”, he added.
The NC president asked people to be cautious as the BJP would try to lure them with money. (with PTI inputs)