Jammu, 2 April-2014(PTI) : J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi represented the aspirations of modern India while BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was a “beholder of a known ideology” and had not been exonerated by the people of the country from charges of communal riots in Gujarat.
People have not exonerated Modi from Gujarat riots, says Omar
Drawing comparison between the two, Omar who is also the working president of the National Conference (NC), said Rahul Gandhi was sincere in his efforts to ensure inclusive and holistic development of all sections of society.
“Rahul Gandhi is the pulse of young India and takes along with him people of all age groups in his mission to lead the country towards a modern, prosperous and scientific era and Narendra Modi and his party, the BJP, has the agenda of dividing society on various counts to grab power,” he said, adding that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a partner to this tactic of the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir.
Omar was addressing public gatherings at the Darhal, Budhal and Kotranka areas of Rajouri district, organised in support of the joint candidates of the NC-Congress alliance.
He also referred to Modi’s refusal to wear a skull cap presented to him by Muslims and said this had exposed Modi’s attitude and his particular thinking.
“How can a person possessing this type of ideology lead a nation which is an abode of many religions, languages, cultures and ethnic groups?” Omar asked.
The Chief Minister said the PDP knew its imminent defeat and was fighting the parliamentary elections to divide votes, particularly in Poonch and Rajouri districts, to benefit the BJP and Modi.
“Normally, there are three types of candidates in the election fray. First type of candidates are those who contest just to be there, second type contest only to put hurdles in the smooth sailing of the winning candidates and the third are sure shots to win the elections,” he said, adding that the PDP represents the second type of contestants who only want to divide the voters in the name of region and religion and benefit its mentor (BJP).
Omar said people had experienced misgovernance and nepotism let loose by the PDP during its three-year tenure in the state.
“Befooling people on various issues is the handiwork of the PDP and the BJP. The conduct of these parties in the Assembly and outside has amply exposed their duality and deceptive politics aimed at grabbing power,” he said and cautioned the people against elements who wanted to divide society for political gains.