The abolition of nationalist slogans during a prayer meeting for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Delhi led the National Conference Patriarch Farooq Abdullah into difficulties. The former head minister was forced to leave during Eid prayers today after being disrupted in one of Jammu and Kashmir's most sacred shrines – Hazratbal in Srinagar.
While Abdullah offered prayers, sitting on a seat in the front row because of his ill health, some of the young people began to shout slogans and & # 39; Farooq Abdullah went back & # 39; to sing. They even tried to approach Mr. Abdullah and were prevented only by the human chain formed by men around the former head minister.
Mr. Abdullah gave an emotional speech and delivered slogans of "Bharat Mata ki Jai" at the end of the party meeting on prayer for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Monday.
Although Vajpayee was one of the most respected leaders in the Kashmir Valley for a roadmap to peace – "Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamhooriyat" – the nationalist slogans were against ideological and religious grounds. Because Islam is a monotheistic religion, many are unwilling to sing the national song Vande Mataram, which greets the country as a mother.
"I did not leave the room and completed my prayers," said the 80-year-old parliamentarian from Srinagar.
"They are my own people, they are deceived and I can not escape my duty to be their leader," Abdullah said later by press agency Press Trust from India.
"Sometimes a politician has to face people's anger, I just hope that these misguided young people are properly supervised," he added.