BJP demands apology from Farooq Abdullah over 'Kashmir tumhare baap ka hai kya' remark
BJP said PoK is an integral part of India and parliament has passed a resolution regarding this
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded an apology from National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah for questioning India's claim on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Farooq Abdullah earlier stirred a controversy after questioning Delhi’s legal right on PoK saying that it isn’t its paternal property.
Addressing party workers in Kishtwar in Jammu region, Abdullah on Friday said, "Arre tumhare baap ka hai kya? Tumhae pass wo taqat nahin hai ki tum wo hissa vapas le sako (Is it the property of your forefathers? You don't have the power to take the territory back)."
However, the BJP and RSS have reacted very strongly against the statement of former union minister in Vajpayee government.
The BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain was quoted by India Today as saying, "PoK is an integral part of India. Parliament has passed a resolution regarding this.”
“Farooq Abdullah has also affirmed his faith in the resolution while speaking in Parliament. But, he speaks a different in Kashmir," he added.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also joined BJP in criticising Farooq Abdullah saying that it has proved that he is not an Indian and is not concerned about the country's interests.
"Farooq Abdullah's statement questioning India's claim on PoK is disrespect to the sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers for Kashmir," RSS leader Indresh Kumar said was quoted by ANI as saying.
"This is also a reality that PoK has never joined Pakistan. The people of PoK from 70 years are calling to become a part of India. Abdullah has proved that he is not an Indian," he added.
Farooq Abdullah earlier said that autonomy to both sides of Jammu & Kashmir was the solution to the end the nearly seven-decade conflict between the neighbors.
“Borders cannot be changed but these can be made irrelevant and soft for people to people exchange and opening new vistas of trade and commerce for overall economic prosperity of the region. We bat for autonomy to both sides of Kashmir and converting LoC-IB as soft border,” he said.