National Conference (NC) president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has come out in support of stone pelters in Kashmir and lashed out at the Modi government.
While campaigning for Srinagar Lok Sabha bypolls, which are scheduled for April 9, the NC leader said:
- Want to convey it to Modi that those who pelt stones or take arms have nothing to do with tourism.
- These people are fighting for there nation. If India and Pakistan cannot resolve their issues, then America should come forward and facilitate as third party to resolve issues between the two countries.
- Its not a fight between parties like PDP and NC, it is a fight to defeat communal forces and to protect secularism.
- The upcoming bypolls to two parliamentary seats in Jammu and Kashmir presented an opportunity to the people to fight against the wave of tyranny and fascism sweeping across the country.
FIGHT AGAINST FASCISM
Farooq Abdullah had on Tuesday said that this election is a war of survival between "fascism and dignity between BJPs cultural and tyrannical onslaught on one end" and Kashmirs collective honour and prestige on the other end, the NC leader claimed.
Abdullah, who is the candidate of the NC-Congress alliance for the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, was addressing public meetings in Khan Sahib assembly segment of Budgam and Safakadal area of Eidgah in Srinagar.
The NC president alleged that the PDPs alliance with the BJP had brought the State at the crossroads of political suppression and uncertainty as basic liberties and rights of the people had been unofficially suspended under a chronic anti-Kashmir agenda that has been harboured by the RSS ever since 1947.
He accused the PDP pf providing legislative foothold to the BJP in Kashmir valley. BJP has three legislators from Kashmir Valley because of PDPs support in MLC elections.
NEW DELHI DISMISSES US ROLE IN INDIA-PAK ISSUE
Earlier on Tuesday, American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested that the Trump administration may "find its place" in efforts to de- escalate Indo-Pak tension. Hours after her statement, India swiftly rejected any US role in resolving Indo-Pak issues.
A senior Indian-American member of the Trump Cabinet, Haley said she expects that the administration is going to be in talks and try and "find its place to be a part of that (de-escalating tension)...We don't think, we should wait till something happens".
Haley's remarks signalled an apparent change in the US stance of not engaging in Indo-Pak disputes.
(With inputs from PTI)