Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Congress president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday sparked yet another controversy when he hoped for China’s support in restoring Article 370 in the valley.
In an interview with India Today, Abdullah said that the Modi government’s move to abrogate Article 370 which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, had angered China and the recent aggression at Line of Actual Control (LAC) is a result of that.
"Whatever they are doing at LAC in Ladakh is all because of the abrogation of Article 370, which they never accepted. I am hopeful that with their support, Article 370 will be restored in J&K," Abdullah told India Today.
When Farooq Abdullah was kept under house arrest, Congress and Liberals called him a Patriot.— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) October 12, 2020
Listen to him to know why it was important to keep him under house arrest. Congress silent on his statements supporting China. pic.twitter.com/LDyyyxdNM4
“As far as China is concerned, I didn’t bring the Chinese President here. Our Prime Minister invited him to Gujarat and even did jhoola sawari with him. He [PM Modi] even took him to Chennai and had food with him,” added Abdullah.
This is not the first time when Abdullah had made a provocative remark seen by many as being against India. In a recent interview with The Wire, he said that the Kashmiris felt like ‘slaves’ in India and they would rather have the Chinese rule over them.
Since Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s opinion created a controversy, let me tell you a bitter fact. I’m from south #Kashmir, if I go out in marketplace, ask 100 people to pick Indian rule or Chinese rule in Kashmir today. I’m not sure if anyone will pick India. 1/2pic.twitter.com/qZCyNTkxoy— Kashmir Intel (@kashmirosint) September 29, 2020
The Centre, on August 5, 2019, revoked Article 370 of the Constitution. It said that Article 370 had halted the development of the state, prevented proper education, healthcare and growth of industries and also did not help in curbing terrorism in J&K.
Soon after the revocation, the government imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in the Valley prohibiting more than five people to gather at one time in a particular place and placed Abdullah under preventive detention for 221 days.
(With inputs from News18)