New Delhi: Soon after National Conference chief Omar Abdullah advocated separate PM and president for Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked Congress if it supported NC leader’s demand. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
Notably, the Prime Minister was referring to Omar Abdullah’s remark at an election rally where he said that Kashmir became a part of the Union of India on the grounds that it would have its own identity, own constitution. “We even appointed our own president and prime minister. God willing, we will restore that as well,” Abdullah had said. Also Read - Impose Complete Lockdown in India: Traders' Body Urges PM Modi Amid COVID Surge
“A major ally of the Congress, mahagathbandhan’s powerful member the National Conference has given a statement that there should a separate prime minister in Kashmir. Congress must answer that how its ally can have the audacity to have such demands. You tell me, do you agree with this demand of the Congress’s ally. (Congress ke ek bade sahyogi dal, National Conference ne bayan diya hai ki Kashmir mein alag PM hona chahiye. Congress ko jawab dena hoga. Kya karan hai ki unka saathi dal is prakar ki baat bolne ki himmat kar raha hai),” said PM Modi while addressing a rally in Telangana. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Reacts After Twitter Suspends Her Account Over Her Tweet on Bengal Elections
Meanwhile, Abdullah justified his statement on demanding separate Prime Minister for J&K. He said,“I don’t need other parties to support our stand. @JKNC_ has always stood for the restoration of the original terms of accession so there is NOTHING new in this. You guys must be really desperate when the Honourable PM makes this an election issue (sic),” he wrote on Twitter.
“Dear friends in the Congress and other opposition parties. Please don’t hesitate to distance yourselves from my speech of today. In fact call Modi ji’s bluff by doing exactly that,” he added.