Balakot Made BJP Forget its Temple Issue: Farooq Abdullah

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The National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said these elections are very important because certain forces are trying to divide the people of the country. — File photo

“Previously the temple issue was important for them but where it is now? Has Balakot eaten it?” Mr Abdullah asked.

SRINAGAR (ANI) — National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which once had the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya as its main issue, has forgotten about it after the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) at terror launch pads in Pakistan.

“Previously the temple issue was important for them but where it is now? Has Balakot eaten it?” Mr Abdullah said at a public gathering.

He also accused the BJP-led central government of diverting attention from main issues and said, “A lot of Indian soldiers lost their lives in Chhattisgarh but Modi ji never went to meet their families. But when 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives… I have my doubts and I tell you the truth… he raised a storm over it.”

“He (PM Modi) attacked Pakistan and we killed 300, some say 500 and some say 1,000. We also shot down their plane just to show that he (Narendra Modi) is very brave and can do anything. Through all this, he tried to make everyone forget about farmers and jobs,” Mr Abdullah added.

Questioning about the jobs for youth, he said, “He (Prime Minister Modi) promised that he will give 2 crore jobs to the youth in a year, which makes 10 crores in five years. Where are those five crore jobs? He said he will reduce the price of petrol, diesel and, LPG but nothing happened,” he added.

The National Conference leader said these elections are very important because certain forces are trying to divide the people of the country.

Mr Abdullah blamed Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP for bringing BJP to the valley by allying with them.

“Today Mehbooba is only lying about not allowing action against Jamaat-e-Islami and others. It is PDP which brought BJP to the valley after getting 28 seats,” he said.

Modi projecting himself as Hanuman

Farooq Abdullah said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was pressing buttons for everything including the A-Satellite missile to portray himself as some kind of a Hanuman.

Addressing workers he said: “The Prime Minister is trying to portray himself as a Hanuman by pressing the button for the launch of A-SAT missile.”

He said the credit for the A-Satellite mission goes to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in whose tenure the anti-Satellite mission was completed.

“The Anti Satellite Missile got made by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but he didn’t declare it. But today when there is an election, he (Modi) pressed the button to show as if Hanuman ji has come himself,” he said.

Abdullah wondered whether a similar button had been pressed resulting in the shooting down of a MI-17 chopper in which six Air force personnel and a civilian were killed in Badgam district.

 

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