Omar Abdullah also said that his NCP was a victim of repeated terror attacks in Kashmir. But he needs to understand that he is the head of the government in the state.
It is a classic case of like-father-like-son and propriety syndrome among political families. Union minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah thinks that Kashmir is his kingdom and his son, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah agrees with it.
On Sunday, Sr Abdullah said that Kashmir wouldn’t be a part of ‘communal’ India.
“If India becomes communal, Kashmir will not remain with India. It will not remain. The people of Kashmir will not accept communalism at any cost,” Farooq said addressing a rally in Srinagar’s Khanyar neighbourhood.
And he did not stop there. He wished that those who support BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should ‘drown’.
“And then they say those who don’t vote for (Narendra) Modi should go to Pakistan. (I say) those who vote for Modi should jump into the sea… Why should we go? This is our home. We are its owners,” Farooq said referring to statements of Giriraj Singh and Praveen Togadia.
First of all, if Sr Abdullah is so much concerned about India becoming communal, they should break their alliance with Congress who is appealing to religious leaders to help them gain votes.
Also, people supporting (or showing that they support) Modi are nowhere even mentioning ‘killing’ people. They just want to send them packing to Pakistan. But Sr Abdullah wishes their death.
Interestingly, it was Sr Abdullah who was CM of J&K when the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pundits started in 1989-90. It was no short of a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing where people of a particular religion where tortured, murdered and asked to leave the land if they had to survive. So much for the idea of secularism in the state!
What is more devastating is that Jr Abdullah, who was considered a bit sane in the social world, lost it all when it came to defending his father.
Jr Abdullah, who is now CM of J&K, reiterated that Sr Abdullah was right in saying that Kashmir should not be a part of ‘communal’ India. In a press conference and on twitter, he hit out at Modi saying that they (father and son) did not need a certificate on secularism from him. Earlier, he had said that he would prefer going to Pakistan than to stop criticising Modi.
He even hit out at Modi and BJP saying that it was VP Singh’s government at centre, Jagmohan was governor of the state and BJP had supported the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits at thattime. How truthful is that should be judges by the fact that Abdullah-led NCP was part of BJP-led NDA. Sr and Jr Abdullah have been a part of NDA cabinet too.
On the sidelines of his rally, Modi gave the strongest statement by far on Abdullahs’ mess.
“If someone is to go drown, then go look at the face in a mirror. Put your father’s picture in front of a mirror and ask with what face can those who have thrown out the Kashmiri Pandits talk about preventing regionalism,” he said referring to Omar. “These words do not suit him. We are silent but it doesn’t mean that you keep damaging the secularism that has prevailed in the country for thousands of years,” he added.
Meanwhile, twitter is ablaze with comments over Abdullahs’ fiasco. Have alook:
So GiriRaj suggesting to send detractors ALIVE to pakistan is a crime & Dr Farooq suggesting detractors to DROWN is not . #secularism
— Pawan Durani (@PawanDurani) April 28, 2014
Farooq Abdullah, whose state ethnically cleansed 3 lakh Kashmiri Pandits, should drown himself in penance
— Minhaz Merchant (@minhazmerchant) April 28, 2014
@BolshoyBooze that is why Farooq ji said jump into the sea. Saari zameen toh desh ke jiju ki hai.
— Noopur (@LEDtvn) April 28, 2014
— pareshaan aatma (@69bpl69) April 28, 2014
Farooq Abdullah is so proud abt the secularism in Kashmir tht he has sent 400000 Kashmiri Pandit ambassadors all over India to talk about it
— IndiaSpeaks (@IndiaSpeaksPR) April 28, 2014
Kashmir is not Farooq Saab’s property. “@ANI_news: Omar Abdullah : Farooq sahab said Kashmir will not be a part of communal India”
— Semu Bhatt (@semubhatt) April 28, 2014
We don’t need a lecture from ur father on secularism. RT @EconomicTimes: Omar Abdullah: We don’t need a lecture from you on secularism.
— Champ-u-terology (@BolshoyBooze) April 28, 2014
Omar Abdullah also said that his NCP was a victim of repeated terror attacks in Kashmir. But he needs to understand that he is the head of the government in the state. Recurring terror attacks does not make him a victim rather a failure who could not stop these attacks and exposes him further.