Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that his party “can’t support” those who are against Article 370 of the Constitution and accused the BJP of doublespeak on the issue.
Omar hoped that PM Narendra Modi would bring some clarity on the issue when he visits Kishtwar in Jammu to address a rally on Saturday. “There are multiple statements depending on where they are standing. In Jammu, one hears a different point of view and in Kashmir one hears another,” Omar said on the sidelines of his Beerwah rally. “I am hoping when the PM comes here, there is some clarity on exactly where they stand on Article 370”. In Jammu the BJP talks about abrogating Article 370 and in Valley they speak of picking up guns if it is abrogated, Omar said referring to a statement by BJP candidate Hina Bhat.
Omar said that Kashmir’s identity is its flag and Article 370 and that the NC can’t support a party that is against them. While acknowledging that a Modi-factor would play a part in Jammu and parts of Ladakh, he said it would not be a factor in the Valley.
The CM also hit back at the Congress after Congress leaders accused NC of creating hurdles in implementation of “pro-people” policies. “When I was seeking votes for Rahul Gandhi, nobody said NC is a bad party,” he said. “Now that we are contesting the elections separately, everything bad is in us.”