BJP’s demand of abrogation of Article 370 just a card for the vote bank: Omar Abdullah



Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today attacked the PDP for stitching up an alliance with the BJP after berating it. Omar Abdullah said, “I am surprised that pre-poll, you had all hate for the BJP and made so many statements against them in public but later joined hands with them for power.” He questioned about the anti-BJP statements that the PDP had made.

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He said that the PDP first criticized PM Modi and the BJP leadership but later on stitched alliance with the same party. “Why should anybody trust you for this step?” the National Conference working president said, adding that PD had criticized the BJP before polls.

Abdullah also condemned the PDP for not clearing its stand on AFSPA. “What sort of concessions the party has asked for that they left such critical issues from the CMP,” he said and added that they should have carried forward where his party had left on AFSPA revocation.

He also said that the BJP never wanted to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir but they played the card for vote bank.

The opposition leader Omar also stepped up heat on the government for the immediate with drawl of an official order on the state flag issue and said that the government might have done it on Nagpur RSS headquarter’s call.

Abdullah also brought in the debate on political prisoners. He said, “PDP president Mehbooba Mufti had claimed that over 10,000 political prisoners are lodged in jails by the government and now that the party is the ruling party, why aren’t they releasing them?”
The NC veteran leader also attacked the PDP for being unjust in allotting ministers to the BJP members.