SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah on Saturday claimed the BJP government is “trumpeting" in the name of the Balakot air strike.

Addressing an election rally here, he said: "PM Modi is fooling people and creating fear by showing 'fake' war with Pakistan. They are trumpeting in the name of Balakot strike."

The NC leader scoffed at BJP's claim of killing hundreds of Pakistani soldiers across the LoC and called it "fake". The Indian Air Force had attacked terror pads in Pakistan on February 26. This as in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack in J&K which claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF personnel.

Abdullah said: "Amit Shah threatens us, says Article 370 and 35A will be abrogated. Amit Shah, if you have guts then visit Kashmir and face the people," Abdullah went on to equate Modi to Hitler and said: "PM Modi looks like ‘Hitler’. This ‘Hitler’ has banned media portals from showcasing the truth."

The NC leader also mocked Indian media for never showing the truth to the masses, and requested people of Kashmir to vote for a "perfect" government. When asked about the nomination filed by a person belonging to UP in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency, he said: "He is being planted by BJP and RSS to disrupt the administration of the state." Seven-phase Lok Sabha polls have started on April 11 and will continue till May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.