India needs bold PM: Farooq

NEW DELHI, Dec 13:
India needs a “bold” Prime Minister who can hold everybody together — be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, or anybody — not the one who divides people just for sake of politics, National Conference president Farooq Abdulah said today in a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking at an event organised to unveil a book, titled “Furrows in a Field: The Unexplored Life of H D Deve Gowda”, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said India will become strong only when people of the country are strong.
“India needs a bold Prime Minister, a Prime Minister who can hold everybody together, not divide (people) for politics, but hold India, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, anything (together). India doesn’t need divisions,” he said while praising former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda’s term as the 12th Prime Minister of the country for his approach towards Jammu and Kashmir and its people.
Gowda was present at the event. “Tragedy is every election has divided India and Indian people,” Abdullah said, wondering “when will the day come when no longer will we be divided because of religion”.
The NC leader said that he is a Muslim and has respect for all other religions as much as he has for his own religion.
“What is wrong with it?” he asked, adding “but look at the governance today, how we are segregated into small corners. And, then we want to make a strong India”.
India will “never” be strong unless the people of India are strong, Abdullah said. (PTI)