Farooq warns BJP of getting swept in its own storm

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• NC President, PDP candidate file nomination papers for Srinagar LS seat

Farooq warns BJP of getting swept in its own storm

Faisul Yaseen

Srinagar, March 20:

 Opposition National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah Monday said if the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government does not stop from trying to bring a storm in India, it would get swept in the tempest of its own making.
Addressing a joint election rally of the NC and Congress at the Nawai Subh party headquarters here, Abdullah said if he and Ghulam Ahmad Mir, the State Congress chief, who is contesting from Anantnag-Pulwama parliamentary constituency win the by-polls, they were enter the Parliament and shake it by pricking the conscience of Members of Parliament there.
“We will tell them that if they do not stop from trying to bring a storm in country, they would be swept in the tempest of their own making,” he said.
The three-time chief minister said the NC and Congress leaders who had joined hands to fight a battle against these forces (PDP and BJP) not only had to save Kashmir but also to bring India and Pakistan closer.
“Saving Kashmiris is not possible until there is a friendship between India and Pakistan,” he said.
Abdullah is contesting by-polls for the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat that fell vacant after Tariq Hameed Karra, the MP from this central Kashmir seat, resigned from LoK Sabha.
Holding Mir’s hand, Abdullah told his supporters that they should ensure the win of the Congress candidate from Anantnag-Pulwama constituency.
Abdullah and Mir are contesting by-polls for Srinagar and Anantnag, which are scheduled for April 9 and 12.
Showing the victory sign to the workers of the two parties, he said no arrangements of providing drinking water had been made for them today but when he would return after winning the parliamentary seat, they would not only be provided water bottles but other things too.
State Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir in his speech said it was not a fight between the two alliances – NC and Congress, and PDP and BJP but people of both Kashmir and Jammu had been dejected for having voted PDP and BJP to power.
He said the PDP candidates like Muzaffar Hussain Baig had in his three years in the Parliament never spoken even a single word about the sufferings of Kashmiris.
Mir is contesting by-polls for the Anantnag-Pulwama parliamentary seat that fell vacant after the Member of Parliament from this south Kashmir parliamentary seat, Mehbooba Mufti took over as the Chief Minister of the State on April 4, 2016.
Raising the slogan, ‘NC-Congress Ittehad, Zindabad Zindabad', Mir said the Congress supporters would ensure Abdullah’s win.
Earlier, NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said the report card of the PDP-BJP government was dismal.
“Their report card reads revocation of government order about displaying State flag, their report card reads re-arresting Masrat Alam soon after his release, their report card reads continuous curfew for six months, their report card reads Friday prayers not allowed for 18 weeks in Jamia Masjid Srinagar, their report card reads curfew on Eid, their report card reads banning Eid Nimaz, their report card reads killings of over 100 people, their report card reads injuring thousands with pellet guns,” he said as the NC and Congress supporters responded with ‘Shame, shame’ slogans.
Earlier, Abdullah and PDP candidate for Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency, Nazir Ahmad Khan filed their nomination papers for the Srinagar-Anantnag parliamentary constituency.
Nazir who had contested from Beerwah constituency of Budgam district on a Congress party ticket and lost to NC Working President and former chief minister OmarAbdullah by a narrow margin joined PDP last month.
He was accompanied by senior PDP leaders Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Imran Raza Ansari and Khurshid Alam while filing his nomination papers.
Soon after filing his papers, Nazir told media persons outside the DC office that his rival, Farooq Abdullah was a “discredited politician of Kashmir”.
“I’m a new comer into the parliament election foray and everyone knows that I had won the Beerwah constituency during the 2014 assembly polls but Omar Abdullah’s name was fraudulently announced after all the national media channels declared me the winner,” he said.
Both the candidates filed their nominations before the Returning Officer for Srinagar parliamentary constituency.
With this the total number of candidates who have filed nominations for Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency has reached four.




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