BJP on Friday criticized former union minister Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah for questioning J&K’s accession to the Indian Union, saying that loss of power has been making the father-son duo raise meaningless issues like autonomy and demanding handing over areas of Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan to it. BJP spokesperson in Valley, Khalid Jehangir asked National Conference to give up mainstream politics and join the separatist camp.
Pointing out that Jammu Kashmir is an integral part of India, BJP legislative party leader and former Deputy Chief Miniser Dr Nirmal Singh said that nobody can question the finality of its accession to India as Maharaja Hari Singh was the sole authority to take a decision in that matter. Moreover, the Parliament too had in 1994 adopted a resolution reaffirming its resolve to take back areas of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan, he added.
“Desperation for power is the reason that they on Wednesday questioned accession of the state to India and demanded autonomy for Jammu Kashmir, a demand which has been out rightly rejected by BJP-led NDA government as back as 2001.
“Abdullah’s ridiculous suggestion that accession of the state to India was limited and conditional was their desperate attempt to establish chord with separatist constituency in Kashmir,” Singh said.
Both Farooq and Omar were trying to fool the people of Kashmir, Singh said, adding that while the former had lost the parliamentary election by a huge margin of more than 60,000 votes, the latter had lost in Sonawar assembly constituency, but had managed to win from Beerwah by a margin of 940 votes.
After having an agreement with Congress in 1975, National Conference remained in power for most of the period, but they did not raise controversial issues, he added, asking them to explain to the people as what prompted them to raise separatist slogans. The people in PoK, on the other hand, are demanding reunion with Jammu Kashmir which is integral part of India, Singh said.