Srinagar: Hitting out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for targeting Congress over its promise of reviewing the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in the valley if voter to power, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said ‘when the BJP talked about doing away with act in 2014 it was a sign of nationalism and now it is dangerous for the nation’.
“When the BJP talks about doing away with AFSPA (as it did in 2014) then it’s a sign of nationalism. When the Congress does it then it’s dangerous for the nation. Go figure. “BJP does a U-turn on AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir – India News,” Mr Abdullah, who is the Vice President of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
Along with the text, Mr Abdullah also attacked link of an old article of 2014, in which the then BJP state vice-president and Kashmir affairs in-charge Ramesh Arora said that if his party was voted to power in Jammu and Kashmir, the act will not be needed.
Mr Abdullah was reacting to Mr Jaitley’s comment that points, in Congress election manifesto, related to Jammu and Kashmir were drafted by party chief Rahul Gandhi’s friends in ‘Tukde Tukde’ gang. The senior BJP leader’s remarks were targeted against the promise of reviewing the AFSPA in Kashmir.