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Omar Abdullah counters Narendra Modi's remark on his sister, women's rights

Omar Abdullah counters Narendra Modis remark on his sister, womens rights

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today hit back at Narendra Modi for his comment that women in the state did not enjoy equal rights. Mr Abdullah said the Gujarat Chief Minister is 'either ill-informed or lying'.

"He (Modi) very conveniently used me and my sister as examples to illustrate a point that has no bearing on truth. Either he lies or is ill informed," Mr Abdullah tweeted after the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate's rally in Jammu today.

"I challenge him or any of his minions to reproduce verbatim the section of Art 370 that determines the J&K state subject law," he added.

Earlier, Mr Modi had said that women did not have the same rights as men in J&K, citing the example of Mr Abdullah and his sister Sara, who is married to Congress leader Sachin Pilot.

Mr Abdullah also rubbished Mr Modi's statement that the state had not been receiving tourists.

"And no Mr Modi tourism isn't suffering and our tourists are not going to Himachal Pradesh. It's the reverse now but why should the facts bother you. 1.4 million tourists last year and we have crossed one million tourists this year in to the Valley alone. Mr Modi needs pre-speech fact check," Omar said and also posted an aerial shot of the venue to puncture the claims of BJP that 45,000 people attended Mr Modi's rally.

"I put the photograph because it's a small stadium with lots of open space visible. Estimates range from 25,000 to 45,000. You decide? " he said.


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