"We seek an apology from Modi for calling J&K a beggar state. Such an insensitivity demonstrates arrogance and lack of comprehension of a person aspiring to become the Prime Minister," NC said in joint statement issued by several party leaders.
The party observed that it was neither slip of tongue nor an inadvertent mistake but a deliberate attempt on the part of Modi to provoke the people of Jammu and Kashmir to react so that BJP derived benefit in the states going to polls.
"By showing immense degree of sagacity, the people of the state have not obliged the saffron brigade to succeed in its machinations," they said.
Signatories to the statement included legislators, Kr Rachpal Singh, Aijaz Jan, vice-president, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Bukhari and Babu Ram Paul, besides vice-president, Rattan Lal Gupta, Provincial Secretary Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, former legislators and senior leaders Kashmira Singh, Bushan Lal Bhat, Satpal Lakhotra and Jugal Mahajan,
Dharamveer Singh Jamwal.
They decried the hypocrisy of Modi talking about winning the hearts and minds of people by invoking the spirit of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and in the same breath showing contempt to the delicate sensitivities of Jammu and Kashmir residents, who were proud of their glorious heritage which made them givers and not takers.


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