BJP calls Farooq’s Art 370 remark ‘seditious’, says it compromises country’s sovereignty

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: BJP sharply criticised former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for holding the decision to nullify Article 370 as responsible for Chinese aggression and suggesting it can be restored with Beijing’s help as seditious and going against the unity and integrity of India.
“It is very objectionable that a sitting MP is speaking about the restoration of Article 370 with the help of China. Farooq Abdullah said that abrogation of Article 370 disturbed China and tried to justify China’s expansionist thought,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said at a press conference. He said this is not the first time that Abdullah had made such a statement. “Compromising or making statements on the country’s sovereignty, unity and integrity is very sad and against the nation.”
The BJP member said, “Both Rahul Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah are two sides of the same coin. This is the same Rahul Gandhi, who a few days ago said that the PM has gone into hiding, it is Congress that said that India has surrendered.”
“Now, Congress has started speaking in support of China while giving statements against Modi. Both Farooq Abdullah and Congress keep politics ahead and the country behind,” Patra added.
He said on September 24, Abdullah said that if you go to Jammu and Kashmir and ask people if they are Indians, then they would say that they are not. “In the same statement, he also said that it would be good if we could join China,” the BJP spokesperson said.
In his comments to a news channel, Abdullah said China “never accepted” the nullification of Article 370, and hoped that it will be restored with Beijing’s support. “Whatever they are doing at LAC in Ladakh, it is because of the abrogation of Article 370, which they never accepted. I am hopeful that with their support, Article 370 will be restored in J&K,” Farooq had said.
“I never invited the Chinese President, it was PM Modi who not only invited him, but did jhoola sawari with him. PM Modi even took him to Chennai and had food with him,” Farooq Abdullah said.
Reacting to the National Conference leader’s statement, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said, “With great respect, I will totally disagree. Irrespective of the merits of the Article 370 issue, it is completely wrong to even remotely refer to any foreign power, be it China or Pakistan. World’s proudest democracy needs no interference from the world’s largest and most hated dictatorship on the one side and a failed state like Pakistan on the other. Internal debates in India are a sign of vibrant democracy but they do not mean that responsible former Constitutional post holders can bring in such unconstitutional references.”
Abdullah, his son and former CM Omar Abdullah and PDP chief and another former CM Mehbooba Mufti were put under detention under the Public Safety Act. Farooq Abdullah was, however, first to be released in February this year followed by Omar. But Mehbooba Mufti continues to be in detention under PSA at her official house which was declared as subsidiary jail.

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