“Let Jammu and Kashmir go to hell,” said former state Chief Minister and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday, when quizzed about the Supreme Court’s verdict on the abrogation of Article 370.
“Jammu and Kashmir can go to hell,” Abdullah is heard saying in reply, adding, “They betrayed people. They want to win people’s hearts. How’d you win that if you’d do such things to push people farther away?”
In his comments, Abdullah seemed to be referring to the Narendra Modi-led Union govt and their attempts to woo Kashmiris.
Clarifying his comments to ANI later, Abdullah added, “…You indeed are taking it [J&K] to hell. Nothing is being done for ‘heaven’…Tell me what is being done for heaven? Elections are taking place everywhere. What is our fault that it is not being held here?”
“You say terrorism has been eliminated, but is that the case?…You (Central Government) are not winning our hearts. I told the PM clearly that you don’t trust us and we don’t trust you. So how do we build that trust?,” the National Conference chief further said, continuing his tirade.
“We have been standing and we will stand with this country as long as we are breathing. We will stand with no other nation. But respect us too, try to win our hearts too,” he added.