Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hit back at NarendraModi on Monday, saying that Kashmiri Pandits did not leave the state during his father Farooq Abdullah’s regime, but because of BJP rule. “Kashmiri Pandits did not leave Kashmir during Farooq Abdullah’s government. They left Kashmir because of BJP and its partners,” he said.
Modi had earlier in the day said that members of the community fled from the state due to Farooq Abdullah’s misrule.
Due to communal politics of Abdullah family, Kashmiri Pandits were removed from their homes only due to their religion. Is this secularism? Just for the sake of politics, Dr. Abdullah’s family communalised J&K, which is a land of Sufism and harmony,” Modi said.
“Modiji doesn’t have the courage to come to Kashmir. He wants to be the PM of the country but doesn’t have the courage to come to Kashmir,” Omar taunted. “I don’t think the people of Kashmir can have a place for Modi in their hearts,” he added.
After his press conference, Omar took to Twitter to speak further on the issue. He tweeted, “Modi forgets that Sheikh Abdullah chose a secular India rather than Muslim Pakistan & then spent 2 decades incarcerated but didn’t waver.”
“If there is one thing Kashmir & Kashmiris don’t need from Modi it’s a lecture on secularism. Kashmir gave the world Kashmiryat& tolerance,” said another tweet from the CM.
“In 1947 when Hindu Muslim violence swept the country as far north as Jammu Kashmir was a beacon of tolerance, an example to the rest. Lastly if Modi lies so much about J&K &it’s absence of reservation, RTI. educationEtc what else is he lying about when he speaks?,” Omar further tweeted.