Kashmir will not remain a part of India: NC president Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar: Hitting out at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said that if he thinks the demonetization move and the board exams would end the unrest in Kashmir Valley, it was a misconception and the “storm” would rise again. Commenting on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks, Abdullah said if India became a Hindu Rashtra, Kashmir would not remain a part of the country.

Speaking to reporters after a party function at NC headquarters Nawai Subh, he said, “If the Defence Minister thinks that by examination and change in currency (demonetisation), the storm, which has erupted here, will die down, then he has a misconception. This storm will not die down. Whatever they do, this storm is there and after exams, they will see that the storm will rise once again.”

“According to the Constitution, India is a secular nation and not a Hindu Rashtra. If he says that it is a Hindu Rashtra, then he is speaking against the Constitution of India and the Centre should take action against him because every religion has an equal opportunity according to the Constitution. “If they want to keep saying this, then unfortunately, those people who were against the two-nation theory of Ali Mohammad Jinnah, this will breed doubts in people that perhaps Quaid-i-Azam (founder of Pakistan) was right and others were wrong,” the NC president said. “If Bhagwat says that India is a Hindu Rashtra, then I want to tell Bhagwat that Kashmir will not remain a part of that India. Kashmir was with such India where every religion has equal rights,” he said.

Parrikar on Monday had said since the high-currency notes were demonetised, terror funding has come down to zero and there hasn’t been stone-pelting on security forces. “I regret that he has given a very wrong statement. There is no doubt that children appeared in the examinations because they got a concession of 50 per cent (in the syllabus). Who gives 50 per cent concession? They thought they will pass because of the concession,” Abdullah added.

He asked national leaders to speak against RSS in unison and “say the RSS propaganda is not acceptable to any party”. “As long as India respects every religion in accordance with the Constitution, gives equal right to every person of every religion how small he may be, he has every right under that Constitution and if it is eroded, then be ready for a revolution which you will not be able to control.

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