‘PM Narendra Modi gave away India’s land to Bangladesh’: Farooq Abdullah slams Centre amid Katchatheevu row

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New Delhi: National Conference (NC) and former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday accused the BJP-led NDA Government of giving away India’s land to Bangladesh, amid the Katchatheevu Island row. Abdullah’s comments have come at a time when the BJP has accused the then Congress government of giving away land to Sri Lanka in 1974.

“Prime Minister gave India’s land to Bangladesh. China has occupied our land in Ladakh and yesterday they also took the names of the villages of Arunachal Pradesh. The BJP will not say anything about that. I would tell them that when you point a finger at someone, remember that three fingers are also pointed at you,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

PM Modi raked up the Katchatheevu Island issue

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raked up the Katchatheevu Island issue. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), he had accused the Congress of weakening the country when it was in power for several years since independence.

PM Modi had also shared a statement by late DMK MP Era Sezhiyan, who had expressed his displeasure over the India-Sri Lanka Maritime Agreement, which was signed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Under the agreement, India had relinquished its claim on Katchatheevu Island. Calling it an “unholy agreement”, Sezhiyan had also slammed the DMK for its role in the matter.

Centre trying to take back Katchatheevu Island: BJP leader

Earlier on Monday, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai had said that the Centre is trying to get back the island with an aim to protect India’s fishermen.

Meanwhile, Beijing which had for long claimed Arunachal Pradesh as part of China, renamed 30 places of the state. Reacting to the development, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar said, “If today I change the name of your house, will it become mine? Arunachal Pradesh was, is, and will always be a state of India. Changing names does not have an effect…Our army is deployed there (Line of Actual Control).”

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