Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to slam the National Conference chief Omar Abdullah for controversially suggesting a separate prime minister for Kashmir.
Speaking in Bandipora area of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah according to a leading news agency said: “Baaki riyasat bina shart ke desh mein mile, par humne kaha ki humari apni pehchan hogi, apna constitution hoga. Humne uss waqt apne ‘Sadar-e-Riyasat’ aur ‘Wazir-e-Azam’ bhi rakha tha, Inshallah usko bhi hum wapas le aayenge.”
The Prime Minister was addressing the rally as part of the BJP’s campaign for the April 11 elections to 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana.
Describing it as a serious issue, Modi sought to know from the National Conference’s ally Congress if it approves such a demand.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and NC leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said he would work to restore the titles ‘Wazir-e-Azam’ (Prime Minister) and ‘Sadr-e-Riyasat’ (head of state) in the state, triggering an angry reaction from the Prime Minister.
Addressing an election rally here, Modi demanded that the Congress and other constituents of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ should respond to this statement made by their ally.
Modi said the National Conference wanted to turn the clock back by creating a pre-1953 situation.”Do you accept this demand by an ally of the Congress? Will any Indian accept this,” he asked the crowd at the L.B. Stadium in Telangana.
Omar is not new to making controversial statement and later apologising.
Omar’s comments on Afzal Guru’s death penalty too invited sharp criticism across the nation after he said that he did not support a death penalty for the Parliament attack convict since it would set a wrong precedent and further fan militancy in the state.
Earlier, the chief minister landed himself in trouble after reports that he went the extra mile to facilitate the flight trip of the separatist supporter and former prime minister of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) — Sultan Mehmood Chowdhary — to Pahalgam. The issue became a huge embarrassment for Omar, whose official line of defence was that it was a goodwill gesture.