Omar Rues Modi Lessons on Secularism - The New Indian Express

Omar Rues Modi Lessons on Secularism

Published: 29th April 2014 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 29th April 2014 08:00 AM

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday hit back at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on secularism remarks, saying the Kashmiris don’t need secularism lessons from “communal” Modi, and dared him to visit Kashmir.

“Modi not only targeted Farooq Abdullah, but also projected that Kashmiris are communal, and need to learn secularism. Now Kashmiris will get secular lessons from Modi, this is weird,”  Omar said.

He said Kashmiris don’t need secular lessons from communal Modi. Modi had said National Conference president and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has no moral right to preach against communalism, as policies of his father Sheikh Abdullah, and his son Omar, were responsible for “communalising” the state politics.

He said the annual Hindu pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra is a living example and proof of secularism in Kashmir. “The Kashmiri Muslims carry Hindu pilgrims on their shoulders during the Amaranth Yatra.”

Referring to Modi’s remarks on Kashmiri Pandits, Omar said, “When Modi addressed a rally in Jammu, he did not utter a single word about Kashmiri Pandits.”

He said nobody can deny that the Kashmiri Pandits left the Valley. “However, it is also a fact that Kashmiri Muslims are sad about it,” he said.  “Kashmiri Pandits did not leave Kashmir when Farooq Abdullah was heading the State. They left the State when V P Singh, supported by the BJP, was the PM,” Omar said, adding the Pandits migrated with BJP’s support. 

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