NEW DELHI :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the statements made by leaders of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) against the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A in Jammu and Kashmir acted as “oxygen" for the forces that want to harm India.
Speaking at a public meeting at Parli in Beed district of Maharashtra, Modi alleged that the Opposition was trying to make it a communal issue.
“These leaders said that abrogation of Article 370 was like murder, black day, danger to national security and threat to democracy. Has democracy ended in the country? BJP opposed Article 370 since the day the party was formed," said Modi, adding that the people can see through the games and will punish the Opposition alliance partners in the forthcoming Maharashtra assembly polls.
“Congress leaders had said that India will lose Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. Did we lose Kashmir? Are these statements not against the sentiments of the people? I am sure the people of Maharashtra will punish Congress and NCP leaders who have made these statements," added Modi.
The prime minister said that while the Bharatiya Janata Party and its coalition partner Shiv Sena were working for the development of the state, Congress leaders were busy fighting against each other.