Kolkata, July 28 : Taking a dig at the Narendra Modi led NDA government, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah said there is a need to have stronger states for a strong country and India isn’t as strong because of maoist insurgency in numerous states, north-east and Jammu and Kashmir problem.
“A strong Union is required for a strong country but a strong Union can’t come at the cost of the states,” he added.
“India isn’t as strong as it could be as we’re facing problems in numerous states-maoist insurgency in parts of country, problems in north-east or J&K,” former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah said in Kolkata during a function.
Abdullah said had the agreement with the Indian government and people of the state been honoured, Pakistan wouldn’t have got a chance to create problems.
On the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, “History is full of questions but if we had respected the agreement entered into with Union & people of Jammu and Kashmir after accession in 1947,we wouldn’t be dealing with alienated & bloodied J&K,where our neighbor has found it so easy to make lives difficult for us.”
Jammu-Kashmir has been under Governor’s Rule since 20 June.
Expressing his view about the present functioning of the central government, Abdullah said, “Where does it say that for a strong Union you have to have weak states? You only have a strong Union if you have strong states.”
Abdullah said, “Today India isn’t as strong as it could be as we’re facing problems in numerous states-Maoist insurgency in parts of the country, problems in north-east or J&K.” The former chief minister also said that the weak states had held the Centre back from progressing they should have done.