Srinagar, April 27: Farooq Abdullah today said those who vote for Narendra Modi should “drown in the sea” and warned that Kashmir wouldn’t remain with India if the country turned communal.
The National Conference president was reacting to the recent remarks of BJP leader Giriraj Singh who said those who don’t vote for Modi should go to Pakistan.
“They say those who will not vote for Modi should go to Pakistan. I say those who vote for Modi should drown in the sea,” Farooq told a rally in Srinagar.
Farooq, who is seeking re-election from the Srinagar parliamentary constituency, said: “Let us pray to God to save us from communal forces so that we can move forward. India cannot become communal. If it becomes communal, then Kashmir will not remain with India. Communalists are not acceptable to Kashmiris…. They are not.”
The BJP has condemned the remarks and demanded an unconditional apology.
Farooq claimed that Modi and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, whose daughter Mehbooba heads Kashmir’s main Opposition party PDP, had stitched a secret alliance. “Every single vote that you will cast for the National Conference will be a vote against the Modi-Mufti alliance and will be a vote that will stop the march of communal forces from entering Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Two mysterious explosions close to the venues of Farooq’s twin rallies in the capital city and Budgam triggered panic in Srinagar. The explosions, which left several injured, took place when Farooq was yet to reach the venues.