In yet another controversial statement, National Conference (NC) leader Muhammad Akbar Lone on Saturday said that terrorists should help him in fighting the ensuing 2019 Lok Sabha Elections against the BJP. Addressing an election campaign in Jammu and Kashmir, Lone further said the NC will stop the Saffron Party to form the government in the state. The outspoken NC leader also assured that he will continue to speak in the language of terrorists even after he emerges victorious in 2019.
This is not the first time that Lone has made such anti-National statement. He has made several provocative remarks in the recent past.
Last week, Lone, who is also NC's candidate from Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, said that he will be abusing those who hurl abuses at Pakistan. He also raised pro-Pakistan slogans while addressing a public rally in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara on March 25.
With this, the BJP dashed a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Jammu and Kashmir, seeking to disqualify Lone's candidature from the Baramulla Lok Sabha seat. In the letter, BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur, requested the CEO to take serious note of Lone's speech, which was widely available on social networking sites.
In February last year, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly witnessed a ruckus with Lone raising pro-Pakistan slogans in response to BJP's slogans against the neighbouring country. In December 2017, Lone had courted another controversy by claiming that BJP and People's Democratic Party (PDP) leaders eat beef and pork together.
General Elections in Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled to take place in five phases on April 11, 18, 23, 29 and May 6, 2019. The counting of votes will be taken up on May 23, 2019.