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Prove That Your Words Have Weight: Omar Abdullah to PM Modi After Two Kashmiris Assaulted in UP

Two Kashmiris selling dry fruit were thrashed by a group of saffron-clad men in Lucknow on Wednesday evening, following which four persons have been arrested.

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Updated:March 7, 2019, 6:03 PM IST
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Prove That Your Words Have Weight: Omar Abdullah to PM Modi After Two Kashmiris Assaulted in UP
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Srinagar: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prove that his words have weight and are implemented on the ground following an assault on two Kashmiris in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.

He said Lucknow like incidents hurt the idea of India.

Two Kashmiris selling dry fruit were thrashed by a group of saffron-clad men in Lucknow Wednesday evening, following which four persons have been arrested.

"What message do they (attackers) want to convey? What do they want to tell us? That this state is theirs but not its people, that Kashmir will remain part of India, but not Kashmiris? When accession (with the Union) took place, it was not only about land, but its people as well.

"You own the land, but not its people, then how do you even think that the people here will say yes they are your integral part. Just owning the land is not enough, you have to own the people here," Abdullah said.

He was addressing a function here where former PDP MLA Mohammad Shafi Wani joined the National Conference.

Referring to prime minister's speech in the Tonk area of Rajasthan last month where he asserted that "our fight is for Kashmir, not against Kashmiris", Abdullah said either his words were not being implemented or they were just a "jumla".

"You (PM) have to prove whether your words have weight or not, you have to prove that when you talk as the PM of this country, your words are implemented or not, you have to prove that the political structure you have grown up in, learnt politics from and, to some extent, lead, whether you have your say or not in that structure," the former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister said.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, Abdullah said Lucknow like incidents hurt the idea of India.

"Nothing will do more damage to the idea of India in J&K than videos like these. Keep thrashing Kashmiris like this on the streets at the hands of RSS/Bajrang Dal goons & then try to sell the idea of 'atoot ang' (Integral part), it simply won't fly," Abdullah said.

"Dear PM @narendramodi Sahib, this is what you had spoken against & yet it continues unabated. This is the state governed by your handpicked Chief Minister. Can we expect action in this case or do we file your concern & assurances as a jumla, meant to placate but nothing more?" he asked.

The NC leader also posed a question to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who represents the Lucknow seat in Lok Sabha, that if he would step in to deliver justice in this case.

"Jenab @rajnathsingh Sahib. You represent this constituency in the Lok Sabha, this is the constituency where Vajpayee Sb was elected from & went on to be PM. If no one else will step in & deliver justice can we expect you to punish those guilty of this assault?" Abdullah added.

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