WhatsApp University degree: Congress taunts Modi for ‘quoting’ Omar

The prime minister had 'quoted' Omar as saying an earthquake would separate Kashmir from India

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Budget Session, on Thursday | PTI Photo

The Congress took a dig at Narendra Modi on Friday (February 7), saying the prime minister quoted a “satirical website” to justify his actions against former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. This comes a day after Modi attributed a statement, reported by the website ‘Faking News’, to the Kashmir politician in Parliament.

Speaking in Parliament, the prime minister said on Thursday, “Omar Abdullah had said ‘Removing Article 370 would bring an earthquake that would 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?”

In a taunt, the Congress said on Friday, “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.” It also shared a fact-checker report attributing the claim to ‘Faking News’ website.

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Abdullah’s party, National Conference, too has refuted the claim that he had made such a statement. “Omar Abdullah made no such statement,” NDTV quoted party spokesperson Imran Dar as saying. Abdullah has been under arrest for over six month, since the Centre abrogated Article 370, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The NC leader has also been booked under the Public Safety Act along with another former chief minister of the erstwhile state, Mehbooba Mufti of People’s Democratic Party. His father, Farooq Abdullah, was also charged under the same law last December. The law allows detention of suspects without trial for up to three months and multiple extension.

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