Lok Sabha Elections 2024: ’Who do we blame for hatred? We, the politicians,’ says former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah

National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah questioned the spread of hatred in India, emphasizing the need to revert back to Gandhi's principles and unity between Hindus and Muslims.

Written By Gulam Jeelani
Updated7 May 2024, 04:02 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Who do we blame for the hatred?  ‘We the Politicians,’ says Farooq Abdullah
Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Who do we blame for the hatred? ‘We the Politicians,’ says Farooq Abdullah(HT_PRINT)

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) chief Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday blamed politicians, like him, for what he called the hatred spreading in the country.

“Will all this hatred strengthen India? Are Hindu and Muslim different in any way?... We are responsible for this hatred. Politicians are responsible for giving rise to this hatred,” Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir was heard speaking in a video during election campaigning in Budgam area of the Union Territory.

 

"We had acceded to Gandhi's India and not Modi's. We want to bring Gandhi's India back," Abdullah, who is also a former Union Minister, said referring to October, 1947, when Maharaja Hari Singh signed off the Instrument of Accession, in which Jammu and Kashmir joined the Dominion of India.

Three Lok Sabha seats of Kashmir division of Jammu and Kashmir – Srinagar, Anantnag-Rajouri and Baramulla are yet to vote. Polling for Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha seat was scheduled to place in the third phase on May 7 but was deferred to sixth phase on May 25. Srinagar seat will go to polls in the fourth phase on May 13. 

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Baramulla seat will vote in the fourth phase on May 20, according to the Election Commission of India schedule. The NC had won all three seats of Kashmir division in 2019 Lok Sabha elections

The Lok Sabha Elections 2024 is the first parliamentary election being held in the Jammu and Kashmir UT since the abrogation of Article 370 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union government in August 2019. 

Overall, voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases. The first two phases of elections were held on April 19 and 26. The remaining phases will be held on May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1. The counting of votes for all seven phases of Lok Sabha Elections will take place on June 4.

Also Read: 'Neither against Muslims, nor Islam': PM Modi says ‘Muslim community should….’

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which is seeking a record third term under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has set a target of winning 400 seats this election. The ruling alliance is challenged by the opposition parties led by the Congress under the banner of the INDIA bloc.

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First Published:7 May 2024, 04:02 PM IST
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