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Gambhir campaigns for Jitendra Singh in J-K, attacks Omar, Mehbooba

Press Trust of India  |  Udhampur/Kathua (JK) 

Cricketer-turned-politician Thursday kept up his attack on former chief ministers and over their statements in defence of Article 370, saying "this type of will no longer be entertained in the country".

Gambhir, who recently joined the BJP, addressed election rallies in support of at Ram Nagar in district and Nagri in district.

"From to Kanyakumari, is one and the dream of having separate (for Jammu and Kashmir) will never be fulfilled. We will not allow it to happen," told reporters in district.

Singh is seeking re-election from the Lok Sabha seat, spread over six districts of Udhampur, Kathua, Reasi, Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda districts.

and Abdullah exchanged sharp words after the stated that his party would strive to restore Jammu and Kashmir's autonomy that could include having a 'Wazir-e-Azam' (prime minister).

The in its manifesto has reiterated its commitment to repealing Article 370, which grants the state special powers.

Mufti claimed that scrapping Article 370 will mean India's Constitution will no longer be applicable in the state and that if Indians do not understand it, they will "disappear" and their "story will be over".

Terming the statements of the former chief ministers as "unfortunate", the former alleged that they have done nothing for the state despite being in power for the last over 30 years.

"They do not think beyond their own welfare. They will achieve nothing from this type of and are making such statements after getting exposed and finding themselves irrelevant," he said.

He said their children are studying outside the state, have bought properties outside the state. "But, this type of will not be entertained anymore," Gambhir said.

Addressing the rallies, Gambhir said he was inspired by to join the world's largest political party.

He said Modi had ensured large-scale development and was making continuous efforts to turn the country into a global superpower.

"Modi is the only who visited the state eight to 10 times over the past five years. No other prime minister had visited the state so many times in his tenure," he said.

This shows Modi's "dedication and his resolve to pull out the state from crisis", he added.

Gambhir appealed to the people of constituency to vote for Singh, saying he is "most hardworking, dedicated and sincere and had ensured development of his constituency".

The former opening batsman recently exchanged sharp barbs with both Abdullah and Mufti.

In a face-off with Mufti over Article 370, Gambhir had said, "This is not a blot like you that it will disappear," drawing a sharp response from her who later blocked him.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 18:20 IST