West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday extended birthday wishes to the National Conference chief, assuring former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah of standing by him during “difficult times.”

She urged him to stay positive and prayed for his good health. “Birthday wishes to Farooq Abdullah Ji. These are difficult times for you. We stand by you. Please stay positive. We pray for your good health @OmarAbdullah,” Banerjee tweeted.

The former CM shares a good rapport with Banerjee and had attended the “United India Rally” held in Kolkata on January 19.

However internet and most of communication services remain blocked in the valley amid heavy curfew.

The 82-year-old former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) after the BJP government revoked special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Under the draconian PSA which was ironically introduced by the government of Sheikh Abdullah, father of Farooq Abdullah, the government can detain any person above the age of 16 without trial for a period of two years.

The law was formulated to prevent the smuggling of timber and keep the smugglers “out of circulation” received the assent of the J-K Governor on April 8, 1978.