PM Modi failed to provide a healing touch to people in JK: Farooq Abdullah
Kulgam: Former Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that the people of J&K didn’t see PM Modi put into practice the catch words of ‘Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat, and Kashmiriyat’, saying that PM Modi failed to carry forward the legacy of Vajpayee during his stint in power.
Addressing a public meet at Damhal Hanjipura, Kulgam Farooq said that the people of the state have not seen Modi deliver on his promises.
“His words have been confined to rhetoric only. Had he the sincerity of thought to implement it, he would have done so since 2014, however no concrete step was taken by the incumbent BJP government led by PM Modi to realize it on ground. Today we see him tout ‘Vajpayee Formula’, why didn’t he implement it on ground for past five years. We didn’t see him do justice either with the people of our state. On the contrary the people of our state have never in history suffered so immensely as they did during PM Modi led BJP government.”
While underscoring the need of dialogue between India and Pakistan said, “Our party has always maintained that dialogue is the only way to resolve the protracted issue of Kashmir. Our party deems Indo- Pak camaraderie essential for peace and prosperity to return to our state, which always comes in the line of fire between the two. There is no substitute to dialogue.”
Farooq said that there has been an exponential increase in miseries faced by the people of the state since BJP-PDP embraced each other.
“We had cautioned late Mufti sahib against joining hands with BJP. Our party and other secular forces in the state had offered un-conditional support to PDP to form government in the state, but he didn’t heed our appeal, what followed is history. He chose not to side with the aspirations of the people of the state from whom he had sought support to keep BJP out of the state. He chose to betray, and belittle the mandate of people. Mufti’s and PDP after forming government with BJP took it upon itself to destroy what was left of our special status in terms of our fiscal autonomy. They crawled, when they were just told to hunker down by their former ally. We saw them implement GST, SARFESI, NFSA and much more,” he said.
Dr. Farooq while underscoring the significance of ensuing elections said, “This time we shall be voting for our identity, and the integrity of state. Our state is facing a grim situation; the need of the hour demands us to forge unity. The situation is no different from the British era; the British prolonged their rule in India with their divide and rule policy. We aren’t still independent in true sense, today our people continue to fall prey to the shenanigans of those forces who for their petty electoral gains are dividing the people on caste, creed and sectarian considerations. However we should remain vigilant of such forces, there sole agenda is to destroy the pluralistic visage, unique identity and special constitutional status of our state. We have to speak in one voice, if we want to protect our identity. Today our sole agenda is to secure the states unique identity, however we cannot think of taking on our enemies if we fall prey to their divisive agenda,” he said.
In a frontal attack on central government led by Prime Minister Modi said that Modi ji squandered the mandate of the people by its imprudent policies.
“Having been failed to deliver on key issues that the country is facing, he is racking up emotive issues to subvert the attention of people from the real issues affecting poor and middle class; farmers and labor class. People are asking where the 2 crore jobs are, every single house hold commodity ranging from cooking gas to ration has become dearer. The prices of petrol and diesel have also soared up considerably,” he said, adding, “PM Modi led BJP government has deceived people on every single promise it made to them in 2014.”
Dr. Farooq while flaying PM Modi for creating war hysteria in the country to divert the attention of people from the farmer distress, price rise and other foreign policy failures said, “War is no solution, it brings with itself innumerable miseries. The tallest leader of BJP once said that friends can be changed, but neighbors cannot be changed. However Modi failed to carry forward the legacy of Vajpayee.”
NC president while referring to the sorry tale of minorities in India under BJP rule said, “Today our nation is facing immense hazard in the form of communal strife. We are at cross roads, now it is up to us to decide if India remains secular progressive in its outlook where in all the communities thrive and draw their sustenance affably or a country which is tangled with the clutches of communal strife and bigotry. Now it is up to the people. The opportunity has come; we should not let it pass by us unutilized.”