In yet another controversial speech, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah accused PM Narendra Modi of spreading falsehood and said that this parliamentary election will decide whether Jammu and Kashmir will be "able to remain a part of the Union with dignity".
Addressing election meetings at Babademb in Khanyar and Kangan in Ganderbal, NC president said:
"This election shall decide if the state of Jammu and Kashmir is able to remain a part of the Union with dignity. The people of state are directly fighting the BJP and their cronies here through ballot for the protection of their identity. This election will decide if we are able to live with our neighbouring country in peace. The general elections are also significant since it is a direct fight between falsehood and truth. However, no matter how much they try, falsehood is bound to perish," he added.
Alleging that Jammu and Kashmir was "facing immense onslaught" from all sides, Abdullah who is contesting from Srinagar Lok Sabha seat that goes on poll in the second phase said:
"Today, forces inimical to our special status and identity are also trying to distort our history. Not to talk of his (PM Modi) promises which he made in the run up to the 2014 elections. He has put into abyss what good was achieved by the previous government."
Demanding an inquiry in the Pulwama terror attack, Abdullah said:
"I earnestly insist a thorough inquiry into the incident that killed 40 CRPF men on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Unfortunately, PM Modi is milking the post-Pulwama situation and Balakot airstrikes to extreme levels to hide his misrule and misgovernance."
Earlier during the first phase of election campaigning, Abdullah had stroked controversy when he insulted the Indian security forces by questioning the death of Pulwama Martyrs.
He had said:
"Were Indian soldiers not Martyred in Chhattisgarh? Did Modi Ji go there to give them blood? Did he sympathise with their families? Did he say something about soldiers who were martyred here? But those 40 CRPF people who were martyred, Which I doubt. And I am telling you the truth".