Union Minister and National Conference(NC)chief Farooq Abdullah and his son and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday lashed out at BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi saying “he offers no hope of inclusiveness to the people of the country”.
“The idea of India is one of a secular and inclusive nation and Modi is opposed to everything that the founders of this nation enshrined in the Constitution,” Farooq said while addressing an NC workers’ meeting in Budgam.
According to the veteran NC leader, the threat posed by Modi was now at their doorstep and it had to be defeated,“if we were to safeguard the interests of the people of this state and country”.
“Modi, who ruthlessly and arrogantly disrespected and sidelined his own seniors and mentors in the BJP, can offer no hope of inclusiveness to the people of the country. We are face-to-face with a figure, who aims to polarise the people of this country along communal lines-- an evil design that needs to be thwarted without any compromise,” he said.
Urging the people of Jammu and Kashmir to pray to God to save them from the BJP PM candidate, he said if Modi were to come to power, India would cease to become a democracy and only God would know who all would survive his reign.
“If he comes to power, Hindu-Muslim brotherhood would end and secular fabric of country would be threatened,” Farooq said.
The NC leader also pooh-poohed claims of a Modi-wave either in the country or in J&K.
“There is no Modi effect and I don’t see any Modi-wave in the state,” he said.
Farooq said this was not the time to bicker or argue among themselves but a moment of reckoning for all the secular forces in the country to rise up and come together to defeat Modi. “There is every possibility post-Lok Sabha elections a Third Front Government backed by the Congress may come to power at the Centre,” he said.
Referring to Modi’s “family rule” comment, Farooq said he should better take care of the affairs of his own party and show respect to the senior leaders.
Omar, who also addressed the meeting, said the BJP was a communal force and urged the people to vote for the NC.