New Delhi: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday taunted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Ram Mandir issue, saying not Ram or Allah but people’s vote will help in winning elections. When Abdullah was asked for his views on the Ram Temple issue, he said that the BJP thinks that Lord Ram will help them to win the elections. Also Read - 'Your Call Will Strengthen India', PM Modi Lauds Omar Abdullah For Avoiding Gathering on Uncle's Demise
“They (BJP) feel Ram will win them the election. It’s not the Ram or Allah that wins you the election, it’s the people who vote and make you win elections,” Abdullah said, adding, “It’s not the questions of temples, mosques or gurudwaras, this nation has all these religions and every religion has got a place in this nation.” Also Read - 'Fighting War of Life And Death', Says Omar Abdullah After Walking Out of Detention
Farooq, who was in New Delhi along with his son Omar Abdullah, said that it is not about an anti-BJP front but the Opposition should talk and find a way forward in forging an alliance for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. “…Where is the dollar? Where is the economy? What is happening in RBI? Can you see that?” said Farooq when asked about the opposition’s possible alliance. Also Read - ‘Restore 4G Internet Services in J-K For People to Work From Home,’ Farooq Abdullah Writes to PM Modi
“It’s a question of uniting together, talking together and finding a way forward. It’s a question of saving the nation. It’s a question of individuals coming together,” the NC leader said. On being asked if so many ideologies coming together will work, he said, “Why not? Everything can work out, there is nothing that can’t work out.”
Accusing the BJP of attacking Constitutional institutions as he met NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Abdullah said that “democracy is in danger”. During Naidu’s visit to Delhi last week, he had met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP leader Mayawati, Loktrantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and CPI leaders D. Raja and S. Sudhakar Reddy apart from Abdullah.