Union minister Farooq Abdullah today claimed that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi wants to “eliminate” Muslims. He also said he was confident that the Congress will not allow Mr Modi to succeed in his designs.
“I do not fear Modi but his intentions, which he has for India. He wants to eliminate Muslims if you want to hear the truth,” Mr. Abdullah, who is the president of ruling National Conference in J&K, told reporters in Baramulla, about 55 km from Srinagar.
“He (Modi) wants to play communal politics and is taking the country towards communalism”, Mr. Abdullah said.
He, however, said that the Congress is steadfast to fight him. Mr. Abdullah, who is seeking re-election from the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, said the state government was committed to revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and asked Pakistan to stop pushing militants into the state.
“The government is committed that AFSPA has to be removed from the areas where it is not needed. There is no difficulty about that,” he said, adding “I hope our friends in Pakistan would stop sending militants then probably AFSPA would go completely.”
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Congress President Saif-ud-din Soz criticised the Election Commission (EC) for its failure to take action against Mr. Modi for his spendings on election campaign through media houses in the country.
“The EC has to think and see how much money does Modi have. There is a charge on him as a few days back there was a media report that he has spent Rs. 5,000 crore on media. He (Modi) is given a huge space on television channels, why isn’t Advani or Rahul Gandhi or even Sonia Gandhi not given such a coverage? That is why EC has to think about it. The EC is not above law. That is my point,” Mr. Soz said.