The video, allegedly shot outside India, was first shared by a rights activist on Twitter.
In the video, the 81-year-old politician, who is one of the founding leaders of the National Conference party, can be seen shaking his legs to Bollywood songs as a group of women laugh and cheer him on. The activist lashed out at Abdullah, accusing him of being inconsiderate to the prevailing tensions in his home state.
Farooq saheb, in Kashmir under your regime even cinema halls were shut down. Young men &women were barred from walking together even in parks, leave alone sing & dance like this.Khud ke liye Dubai, London ki ayyashi.But burka & hijaab ridden life for people in Kashmir!!! pic.twitter.com/LhW9K7j6M5— MadhuPurnima Kishwar (@madhukishwar) 30 July 2019
Speculation that the Indian government plans to quash Article 35A, which grants special rights to the state's residents in government jobs and land, has recently stoked political tensions in the region.
The political parties of Jammu and Kashmir are reportedly planning an all-party meeting to oppose India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stand on 35A.
The Indian government has recently moved 10,000 troops of the Indian paramilitary forces into the state, citing terror threats.
Social media seemed to be taken aback by the video and many netizens slammed the senior leader for enjoying his “elite” lifestyle abroad while the state faces political turmoil.
Few people known as "Elite", want common Kashmiris to be crushed under poverty and lack of economic well being, while themselves enjoying the luxurious life in Kashmir or Delhi or UK or US. If Kashmir has to achieve normalcy, Kashmiris have to get rid of these so called leaders.— D Deb (@DDebKol) 31 July 2019
This is how these people go abroad and enjoy their life but brainwash innocent, naive youngsters to depend on paltry income coming out of stone pelting since under their regime no development took place to create jobs to locals— Suryakantha Reddy G (@suryakanthreddy) 31 July 2019
@OmarAbdullah I am sure you have no explanation for this tweet. People now know how you guys have used Kashmir for your luxury. And now Just like India where a family is removed your family will not get in power ever in Kashmir— Shishu Garg (@GargShishu) 31 July 2019
This is in Dubai, right? Kashmir is still a sad place for him. Just watch when he comes back, he would cry his heart out seeing the plight of the people. He is such a sensible person!— LightnessOfBeing (@being_lightness) 31 July 2019
Do as I say NOT do as I do— Rupa (@RupakalaKamath) 30 July 2019