Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the people of the state will not tolerate being "humiliated" by the BJP over the rehabilitation of flood victims but prefer to rebuild their lives on their own.
"Today I tell the BJP ? the people of Kashmir are not beggars but we are a dignified, resilient and brave people who won't tolerate being humiliated, stereotyped and abused by the BJP," the Chief Minister said.
"We will rebuild our homes, our businesses and our lives with dignity and respect even if BJP government in New Delhi continues to discriminate against us," Omar said while addressing election rallies in Sonawar constituency, where he is contesting from.
Sonawar will go to polls this Sunday.
Stating that the dignified and effective rehabilitation of the flood victims was his top most priority, Omar said the PDP played "vengeful and destructive" politics during and after the devastating floods and ran to Delhi to ask for elections while the Valley was still submerged.
"PDP and BJP are two sides of the same coin when it comes to their lack of empathy and ruthlessness towards the flood victims. Rather than putting their efforts where their words are, both PDP and BJP started a political propaganda about the floods and left no stone unturned to score brownie points over an enormous, devastating natural calamity," he said.
Omar alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP "deliberately" stalled the relief and rehabilitation package submitted by his government to make the flood-hit people struggle and shiver in the winter chill.