Modi Wants To Destroy Secular Fabric Of Country, Says Soz

2 April 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Anantnag: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Saifuddin Soz today called BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi a fascist and compared him to Adolf Hitler. 'Modi's vision of India is akin to Hitler's era in Germany; an era which even the Germans shudder at now,' Soz said while addressing a party convention here. The party workers' convention was held soon after National Conference leader Mehboob Beg filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections before the returning officer in Anantnag. Beg was accompanied by NC president and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and other senior leaders of the Congress and the NC. Urging people to vote for the coalition candidates, Soz said a vote to Beg will be a vote against Modi. 'Modi wants to destroy the secular fabric of our country, which is known for its secular credentials all over the world,' Soz said, adding that Modi should not be the Prime Minister. In Modi's vision of India, Soz said even BJP leaders like L K Advani, Jaswant Singh and Sushma Swaraj did not feel safe. The minorities would be suffocated if Modi ever came to power, he added. 'His (Modi's) vision of India is nowhere close to what Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru had in mind,' said Soz. 'Only the Congress can make sure that India remains a secular country and people live in harmony with each other.' He termed the reports of internal bickering among the coalition partners as sheer propaganda. Tie-up with Cong for keeps: Farooq NC president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said the NC-Congress coalition with the Congress would be 'till death'. 'Some people are trying to create fissures within the coalition but let me make it clear that such people are going to be chased away,' Farooq said while hitting out at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Farooq was talking to mediapersons after Mehboob Beg filed his nomination papers. When asked about his statement regarding Chief Minister Omar Abdullah moving to New Delhi after his tenure, Farooq blamed the media for fabricating stories. 'He (Omar) belongs here and will stay here to serve the people of Kashmir,' said Farooq.