Omar Abdullah Dedicates Speech To BJP’s Kishtwar Talk

Omar Abdullah Dedicates Speech To BJP’s Kishtwar Talk

15 August 2013
The Economic Times
Masood Hussain

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah launched a veiled attack on the country's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in his Independence Day address, accusing its leaders of 'duplicity' in portraying the recent communal clashes in the state's Kishtwar district that claimed three lives. Addressing the gathering at Srinagar's Bakshi Stadium, Abdullah said about 90 people have died in Hindu-Muslim clashes in various states between 2012 and 2013, but these 'national leaders' neither showed any concern nor did they bother to raise the issue in the Parliament. 'Why didn't you show any concern over these incidents, initiate debates in Parliament and on TV channels, try to rush to the spots, tweet, write columns in newspapers and create hype,' Omar said without naming the BJP or any of its leaders. Analysts said the chief minister was apparently referring to BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi, who raised Kishtwar violence on various forums including social media platforms like Twitter. 'This is the duplicity in your approach and this makes the difference. This is the why people of J&K think they are different from the rest of India. It is you who make them think like this.' Abdullah said these people not only treated Jammu and Kashmir and its people differently, but their approach was biased and exhibited a 'peculiar' mindset. The chief minister accused 'these elements' of exploiting the situation in Kishtwar, saying they circulated photographs of violence in Burma in the name of Kishtwar to provoke communal disharmony in the entire state. 'Integration between the people of J&K and the rest of the country cannot be achieved through provisions of law but when you show same concern and extend same treatment to the state, which you do for the rest of the country,' Abdullah said in an apparent reference to BJP's consistent demand for abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.