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‘Balakot Surgical Strikes Were For Political Gains’, Claim Farooq Abdullah

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| March 11 , 2019 , 13:49 IST

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday claimed that the surgical strike (airstrike) was for political gains as elections are approaching. He questioned ECs decision and asked that if the environment in his state was conducive for Lok Sabha polls, then why not for the Assembly polls.

"All parties are in favour of holding simultaneous (Lok Sabha and state Assembly) polls. The environment is conducive for Lok Sabha polls but not state polls in J&K? Local body polls were held peacefully, there is enough forces present, then why can't state elections be held?" Abdullah questioned.

“We always knew that there would be a fight or a skirmish with Pakistan. This surgical strike (airstrike) was done as elections are approaching. We lost an aircraft worth crores. Be thankful that the pilot (IAF) survived & returned from Pakistan with respect.”, Farooq Abdullah told ANI.

The EC, while announcing the General Election schedule on Sunday, said that the environment in Jammu and Kashmir was not conducive enough to conduct Assembly elections in the state.

BSP chief Mayawati too joined the political rant against the EC decision and said, "Denying J&K assembly's simultaneous poll with the Lok Sabha is poor reflection & indicative of Modi Govt's failure of Kashmir policy. Forces are surely capable of holding a poll for both on the same day much to the relief of people. Centre's logic is poor & BJP's excuse is childish."

Earlier, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "surrendered" before Pakistan, militants and separatists. "In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I'm retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56-inch chest failed. #slowclap (sic),” Omar, the NC vice-president, wrote on Twitter.