Modi May Raise ‘emotive Issues’

Modi May Raise ‘emotive Issues’

30 November 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today expressed apprehension about “bitter talk” at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s Lalkaar rally, which is scheduled to be held in the state's winter capital tomorrow. “We know the politics of the BJP and their stand about this state. We are also aware of the attempts to fan fire in Jammu after the unfortunate Kishtwar incident. There are chances of a bitter talk in the rally,” Omar said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here. Modi will address the rally at Maulana Azad stadium in Jammu. It is Modi’s first visit to the state after he was appointed as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. “I don’t think anything will be said by Modi himself or by his party members which we have not heard so far,” the Chief Minister said. When asked about the possibility of Modi holding a rally in Srinagar, Omar said there would no restrictions from the state government. “Where is the question of not allowing? If they have a unit here and want to address 500 people, they can come, who is stopping them. They can surely come for political activity,” the Chief Minister said in reply to a question. Omar said the restrictions on the BJP leaders from coming into state were imposed when they were trying to “spoil” the atmosphere. The BJP’s several top leaders, including Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, were not allowed to enter the state in January 2011 when they had planned to march to Srinagar and hoist the Tricolour at the city’s Clock Tower. “We don’t impose restrictions on most of the separatists, so imposing restrictions on Modi is out of question,” Omar said.