Shah Begins Trail Campaign In JK; Attacks Omar, Mehbooba

UDHAMPUR — BJP chief Amit Shah Wednesday lambasted Congress leaders over the party’s promise of reviewing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and withdrawing the anti-sedition law, saying they should “drown” themselves in a pool of water, as he pledged his party’s support to the forces and sanctity of the AFSPA.

Addressing a rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur, the BJP chief also slammed former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti for advocating a separate prime minister for the state and threatening secession of J&K from India.

Shah hit the campaign trail in J&K in support of party candidates — Union Minister Jitendra Singh and sitting MP Jugal Kishore — addressing rallies at Udhampur and Sunderbani in Rajouri districts.

Earlier in the day, he also addressed a gathering in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand, where all five constituencies will go to polls in a single phase on April 11.

“Congress and its leaders should be ashamed of it (announcing dilution of AFSPA and removing sedition act). Go drown yourself in a pool of water. They have said in manifesto they will dilute AFSPA. They should be day-dreaming,” Shah said, alleging the Congress manifesto promotes the interest of terrorists and anti-India forces.

“This is Narendra Modi government, nobody can dilute the AFSPA as we are standing like a rock behind the security forces, protecting (our) border,” Shah asserted. 

The BJP chief said the party brought down its government in J&K when the pressure came on it to dilute the AFSPA. “We kicked the chair. We left the government on the AFSPA. The Congress and its leaders should be ashamed of what they have announced.” 

He asked the people to decide whether they want the Congress that supports dilution of the AFSPA, or the BJP that wants its protection.

On the anti-sedition law, Shah wondered who the Congress was trying to “protect”. 

“It is a commitment of the BJP government that we will never allow the country to be disintegrated. Nobody will be allowed to disintegrate Jammu and Kashmir from India,” Shah said.

He also criticised Mehbooba Mufti for saying that the relation of J&K with India will end if the terms and conditions of the state’s accession to the Union were changed. 

Hitting out at Omar Abdullah for his demand of a separate PM for the state, Shah asserted the BJP, whether in power or opposition, would not let this happen.

“Let Omar listen to it clearly with open ears. Whether the BJP is in power or in opposition, nobody will be allowed to snatch J&K from India. We will protect the state on our lives”, he added.

“You (Omar) will make PM and we will sit silently?” 

Shah castigated Omar, Mehbooba and Rahul Gandhi, saying their “dreams” will never get fulfilled till the BJP is there.

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