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I’m an Indian, will die Indian: Farooq Abdullah responds to Hindutva leader who asked him to leave country

Responding to senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar who hit out at him over his remarks that the people of Jammu and Kashmir may have to make “sacrifices” like the agitating farmers to get their rights back and suggested that Abdullah should leave the country, the NC president said he is an Indian and will die an Indian.

Abdullah said the fight for the restoration of J-K’s special status will neither be easy nor will God send someone to fight it for us.

“We have to stand up and fight for our rights. We have not picked up guns or grenades or hurled a stone. We do not demand prime ministership or presidency but our fight is for our rights which were snatched from us,” Abdullah said.

”We will fight and fight with honesty as we are on the path of (Mahatma) Gandhi and want to restore Gandhi’s India,” he said.

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is grave as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to keep his promise of removing “Dil ki doori and Dilli ki doori”, the National Conference chief said on Tuesday.

Abdullah was addressing a day-long convention of the NC in Jammu.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised us of removing ‘Dil ki doori and Dilli ki doori (distance between hearts and the distance with Delhi)’. Neither were the hearts connected nor was the distance between J-K and Delhi bridged. He should tell the people if anything has changed,” Abdullah said.

Apparently referring to Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement without naming him that the situation in J-K has improved after the abrogation of Article 370, the NC leader said false claims are being made even though the situation on the ground is grave.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP-led central government over the functioning of Parliament, the Lok Sabha MP said the ability of the ruling party to listen patiently to the opposition has disappeared.

He said his father Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah used to hail former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for his patience during Parliament sessions.

“Nehru used to attend Parliament unlike our present Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who remains missing. Nehru used to listen to the opposition leaders silently,” Abdullah said.
However, he said, the ability to listen has disappeared under the present dispensation, and no one in the ruling party is ready to listen.

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