Dubbing Bharatiya Janta Party’s manifesto as “mere sloganeering”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said its promises on Common Civil Code, Ram temple and abrogation of Article 370 of Constitution were “handles” for the party to grab power by “hoodwinking” people.
Omar at the same time said no party can revoke Article 370 that grants special status to J and K without re-opening the entire issue of accession of the state to India.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah also echoed Omar’s views and said BJP was trying “to fool people by selling dreams” on its approach to contentious issues.
The Union Minister said the NC will not allow anyone to “play” with Article 370.
The senior Abdullah said BJP dare not even touch the issue of Article 370. “I wonder how many times they will lie,” he said.
Omar and Farooq were talking to reporters after the senior Abdullah filed his nomination papers from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
Omar reminded people that this was not the first time that issues like Article 370, Ram Mandir and Common Civil Code have been raised by BJP.
“Please tell me when did they actually address these issues when they were in power. What was done by them on these issues?” Omar asked, reacting to BJP manifesto.
He said BJP uses these issue as “handles” to come to power and the moment they reach their destination, these points are put on the back burner. “This is purely an effort to hoodwink the voters of this country,” he said.
In its manifesto, BJP said it is committed to abrogation of Article 370, saying if the party came to power, it would hold talks with all stakeholders.
“As far as Article 370 is concerned, let us understand it cannot be revoked without reopening the entire question of accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. If the BJP is prepared to reopen that question, we have no problem talking about it. The problem is the BJP is absolutely unclear about what it wants,” Omar said.
The Chief Minister claimed he had approached BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for a discussion on the issue but it did not materialise.
“But as long as we are alive we will not allow it to happen. National Conference, Congress and some other national parties are united and would not let anyone to play with the issue,” Farooq said.