SRINAGAR: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday urged the Election Commission to disqualify National Conference (NC) candidate Akbar Lone for Baramulla Lok Sabha seat for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans. “It is to bring to your kind notice that National Conference candidate from Baramulla parliamentary constituency Muhammad Akbar Lone through his speech resorted to ultimate disrespect to the country by raising pro Pakistan slogan--- "Pakistan zindabad" which has hurt the sentiments of people of not only Jammu and Kashmir but also the people of entire India,” read the BJP letter to chief electoral oicer (CEO), Jammu and Kashmir.
In the letter, BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur requested the CEO to take serious note of Lone's speech, videos of the were available on social media. Earlier, Lone had said that he will be abusing those who hurl abuses at Pakistan. “The other side of this is a Muslim country, it should remain prosperous and successful. Our friendship with them should intensify. India and Pakistan should have a friendship with each other, and I am an admirer of this friendship. If anyone will abuse them once, I will abuse him ten times from here,” he said while addressing a public rally on Saturday. Lone, a former speaker of J&K Assembly reportedly also raised pro-Pakistan slogans. He is not new to the controversies as in February last year, Lone raised pro-Pakistan slogans in response to BJP’s slogans against the neighbouring country in the state assembly.