A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attributed a statement to the Kashmir politician in parliament, the Congress party on Friday said PM Modi is quoting a ‘satirical website’ to give grounds for his action against Omar Abdullah.
Omar Abdullah’s party has stated that the National Conference (NC) leader didn’t say that abrogating the state’s special status would "bring an earthquake that would separate it from India".
"Mehbooba Mufti said 'India has cheated Kashmir. It seems we picked the wrong side in 1947'. Omar Abdullah had said 'Removing Article 370 would bring an earthquake that will separate Kashmir from India'. Farooq Abdullah said 'if Article 370 is removed, there will be no one in the valley to unfurl the Indian flag'. Can any person devoted to the Indian constitution ever accept this?" PM Modi said in parliament.
Poking fun at the Prime Minister, the Congress tweeted, "(PM) Modi quotes a satirical website, literally called 'Faking News' to justify his draconian actions against former J&K CM Omar Abdullah. This is what happens when the only degree you have is from WhatsApp University."
Modi quotes a satirical website, literally called "Faking News" to justify his draconian actions against former J&K CM Omar Abdullah.— Congress (@INCIndia) February 7, 2020
This is what happens when the only degree you have is from WhatsApp University. https://t.co/SGuQS4JF3x
The statement that PM Modi quoted turned out to be from a satire website FakingNews.com.
"Omar Abdullah made no such statement," National Conference spokesperson Imran Dar told NDTV on Thursday.
PM Modi launched an attack on Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, all three former Chief Ministers, who have been detained since August 2019 when the government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories.
Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were on Thursday booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a draconian law that allows detention without trial for up to three months and multiple extensions. Farooq Abdullah, was booked under the same law in December.