Omar Blames BJP For Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits

28 April 2014
India Today


Srinagar: Narendra Modi does not have the courage to come to campaign for BJP candidates in the Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Monday, after BJP's PM candidate blamed his family for the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. 'You [Modi] do have the guts to come to Kashmir to seek votes. You go to Jammu, to Ladakh and to every other place in the country. But given the condition you have created for yourself here, how you have tried to defame the people here, I don't think people here have a place for you in their hearts,' said Abdullah at a press conference. 'The BJP has three candidates in Kashmir but Modi won't campaign for them. Obviously, he will not know what is happening here. His three candidates must feel orphaned that he has not come,' he said. Modi has attacked Omar Abdullah's father Farooq Abdullah, the National Conference chief, in an interview after he said at a rally that 'voters for Modi should drown in the sea'. Referring to Modi's charges, Omar Abdullah said the Gujarat chief minister was ignorant about Kashmir's recent history. On Modi blaming Farooq Abdullah for the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley, Omar Abdullah said: 'Pandits went during the tenure of Jagmohan, who was the governor of the state then, and when Mufti Mohammed Syed was the [union] home minister (1989). If Kashmiri Pandits went, they went with your party's support. Jagmohan was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. BJP people are experts in using the pain of Kashmiri Pandits for politics.' 'Kashmir is not a communal state. It has taught tolerance and Kashmiriyat to others,' he said. Later, Omar Abdullah, referring to his grandfather, said in a tweet: 'Modi forgets that Sheikh Abdullah chose a secular India rather than Muslim Pakistan & then spent 2 decades incarcerated but didn't waver.'