New Delhi: Hitting back at BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, who alleged that the PDP and National Conference were joining hands to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir on “instructions” from Pakistan, Omar Abdullah dared the former to either prove the allegations or apologise.
“It’s unfortunate that a senior BJP leader has said we have got instructions from Pakistan. I challenge Ram Madhav sahab and his associates to prove this with evidence. You are disrespecting sacrifices of my colleagues who refused to dance at Pakistan’s instructions and died,” Abdullah said, addressing a press conference.
“You cannot undermine the sacrifices made by National Conference workers in protecting the sovereignty of this country. He must apologise,” he said.
The National Conference chief said his party backed rival PDP in staking claim to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir to save the state from its “current mess” and uncertainty.
Earlier, Abdullah took to Twitter to respond to the allegations levelled by Madhav.
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“I dare you @rammadhavbjp ji to prove your allegation. You have RAW, NIA & IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot) so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise. Don’t practice shoot & scoot politics (sic),” he tweeted.
“No, misplaced attempts at humour won’t work. You HAVE claimed my party has been acting at the behest of Pakistan. I dare you to prove it! Place the evidence of your allegation of NC boycott of ULB polls at Pak behest in public domain. It’s an open challenge to you & your Govt,” Abdullah added.
Earlier today, Madhav alleged that the NC was forging an alliance with the PDP on Pakistan’s behest.
“PDP and NC boycotted local body polls last month because they had instructions from across the border. Probably they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together and form government. What they did prompted Governor to look into the whole issue,” he alleged.
Abdullah also demanded an investigation into Governor Satyapal Malik’s claim that there was horse-trading and the use of money in the attempts towards government formation in the state.
“Justice has not been done to us. The allegation that money was used, MLAs were bought, horse-trading was done, the governor himself has written this. This he must explain to the people of the state. Please show what evidence you have, who has used money, and where it is,” the former Jammu and Kashmir told reporters.
The governor abruptly dissolved the state assembly Wednesday night, hours after the PDP staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival NC and the Congress. This was followed by another bid from the two-member People’s Conference which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties.
Defending his decision, Malik on Thursday said that a lot of horse trading was happening and that he would not allow a government by defections.
“I have been saying it since day one of my appointment as Governor that I’m not in favour of any govt formed in the state with underhand defection and horse trading. I would instead want that elections are held and selected government rules the state,” the Governor said.
Taking a jibe at the controversy surrounding the fax machine at the Raj Bhavan not working resulting in the Governor’s office not receiving the PDP’s letter staking claim to form government as well as the NC’s letter of support, Omar said: “This is for the first time that a fax machine didn’t work and became responsible for the death of democracy. This fax machine is a one-way fax, it has only outgoing and no incoming. This is a unique fax machine and investigation should be done on it.”