New Delhi/Hyderabad, Apr 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it was 'shameful' that National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has sought to revive the demand for post of 'Prime Minister in Kashmir' and said Congress and other opposition leaders including Mamata Banerjee and Sharad Pawar should make clear their position.
"National Conference wants 2 PMs, 1 in Kashmir & 1 for rest of India. Does Mamata Didi agree? Does U-Turn Babu agree? Does Pawar Sahab agree? Does former PM Deve Gowda Ji agree? Shame on the Opposition," Prime Minister tweeted. He also said - "Till Modi is there, no one can divide India" and tagged the video of his speech at Hyderabad.
Earlier in the day addressing an election rally at Hyderabad, Prime Minister referred to media reports that said Omar Abdullah has stated there should be a separate Prime Minister for Kashmir. “Two Prime Ministers for Hindustan? Do you agree with it? Congress has to answer and all the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ partners have to answer. What are the reasons and how dare he say that,” he said.
Prime Minister demanded responses from leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on the issue. "Would you like to go with them (Mahagathbandhan) or break away from Omar Abdullah and his party?”, Mr Modi said.
“I want to ask Bengal Didi who speaks a lot, do you agree with it? Answer the people. U-turn Chandrababu Babu with whom Farooq Abdullah campaigned recently in Andhra Pradesh. Do you think Naidu should get votes?," he asked the voters.
He referred to former Prime Minister Deve Gowda and also wanted his response. In a tweet, Mr Abdullah defended his remarks and tweeted saying - "It’s not what JKNC wants sir, it’s what the terms of accession guaranteed J&K, it’s what the Constitution of India (the same Constitution you take an oath to uphold) guaranteed J&K. All we ask is what the Constitution gave to J&K".
Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley also said the demand for the revival of post of 'Wazir-e-azam' and 'Sadar-e-Riyasat' in Jammu and Kashmir will only "revive separatism" in the militancy hit state.
"Any demand for the revival of the post of Wazir-e-Azam and Sadar-e-Riyasat in J&K is only intended to create a separatists psyche. Little do these demanders realise how much they are hurting the country. The New India will never allow any government to commit such blunders," Mr Jaitley tweeted joining issue with the statement made by National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Mr Jaitley said the 'two mainstream parties' in the Kashmir are increasingly losing their identity. "Their recent statements that the constitutional link between the State & the country is based on solemn assurance of Article 35A, is completely unacceptable," he said.
Mr Jaitley said - "Unlike the Congress party, the BJP has always opposed to the ideology of “Ek Desh Mein Do Vidhan, Do Pradhan”. The contemplation this ideology by National Conference would only support a separatist psyche". UNI