Addressing a workers' rally near the city centre here, the former chief minister said Modi should remember that it was him (Abdullah) who held the country's flag when no one wanted to fight elections in the state in 1996.
Abdullah's remarks come on the day BJP released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls in which the party reiterated its commitment to scrap Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Cautioned against road shows, wary about public anger, afraid of a poll boycott, political parties are trying to find ways to connect to people as the first phase of voting nears in Kashmir. The Indian Express on all they are up against
The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal. It has 12,90,318 voters who will cast their votes at 1,716 polling stations. The last date for filing nomination papers for the second phase is March 26.
Emerging from a meeting with senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni at his residence in Bhatindi area of Jammu, the NC chief said, “Whether we win or they win (the remaining three seats), secular forces will get strengthened.”
The two parties had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections together as well, and ended up with no seat. The BJP had won both the seats in the Jammu region and one in Ladakh, while the PDP had won all the three constituencies in Kashmir.
Addressing a public meeting asking people to vote for party candidate B R Kundal in Jammu-Poonch parliamentary constituency, he recalled that he had contested the 1996 elections when no one was ready to join the democratic process in view of peak militancy at that time.
Srinagar, Feb 18 (ANI): Condemning the JNU row, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) Patron Farooq Abdullah said that the scuffle between lawyers and students outside the Patiala House Court is an attack on India’s democracy. Farooq added that the entire JNU row has been exaggerated and the Vice Chancellor should have handled it himself. Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) founder Lalu Prasad Yadav accused the Delhi Police for being a mere spectator in the JNU row, alleging that they are acting on behalf of the Centre.
Jammu, Jan 17 (ANI): National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said that delay in government formation in Jammu and Kashmir is bad for the state as it is a border state. He further said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should form the government as they had mandate in the assembly elections.