Causing a major embarrassment to BJP leadership, the general secretary of the party and also Jammu and Kashmir incharge has retracted his statement, hours after former chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah challenged him to prove the allegation. Earlier in the day in a tweet, the high-profile BJP leader claimed that the National Conference and the PDP has “instructions from across the border” to form the government in the state.
Though former chief minister and PDP chief Mehabooba Mufthi was silent on his desastrous accusation, Abdulla responded seriously and tweeted stating “You have RAW, NIA & IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot) so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise. Don’t practice shoot & scoot politics.”
Keeping in view that his statement would like to create mis-trust among people in Kashmir valley, who were already suspicious about BJP motives, Ram Madhav in order to correct his statement, tweeted stating “Just landed at Aizawl and saw this. Now that you deny any external pressure I take back my comment. But, now that you proved it was genuine love between NC and PDP that prompted a failed government formation attempt. You should fight next elections together. Mind you, it’s a political comment, not personal.”
Madhav had also alleged that the PDP and the NC boycotted local body polls last month because they had instructions from across the border. Fresh instructions were given to both parties from across the border to come together and form government in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister’s remarks prompted a response from Madhav, who said he was not questioning Abdullah’s patriotism. “Just take it in your stride @OmarAbdullah Not questioning your patriotism at all. But d sudden love between NC n PDP n d hurry to form government leads to many suspicions n political comments. Not to offend u,” Madhav tweeted and added an emoji with a toothy smile.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar later in the day, the NC leader repeated his demand for an apology from Ram Madhav. “You cannot undermine the sacrifices made by National Conference workers in protecting the sovereignty of this country. He must apologise,” he added.