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General elections 2014: NC, PDP criticise BJP for 'abandoning' Atal Bihari Vajpayee's path

NC and PDP said that Modi has reneged from the path taken by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee even before he could reach that position.

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Updated: Apr 07, 2014, 06.27 PM IST
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NC and PDP said that Modi has reneged from the path taken by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee even before he could reach that position.
NC and PDP said that Modi has reneged from the path taken by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee even before he could reach that position.
SRINAGAR: Mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir have criticised BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi following inclusion of abrogation of Article 370 and construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya as promises in the BJP manifesto released on Monday.

The National Conference and People’s Democratic Party said that Modi has reneged from the path taken by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee even before he could reach that position. Angry over the inclusion of the contentious issues, the parties said the idea was to rouse passion to win the polls.

“We have to annihilate Modi because we have to protect Article 370,” shouted Union renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah (Modiun Beoul Chu Gaalun in Kashmiri) in his brief speech at his father’s mausoleum after filing his nomination papers for the Srinagar seat.

At 77, Dr Abdullah sounded frail and weak. A politician who would talk at length and engage crowds could barely spend a few minutes with the crowd.

“BJP is a party of liars. They want to abrogate Article 370,” Dr Abdullah told reporters. “There is only party that is secular and we will back it to fight the communalism and the sectarianism that BJP is spreading.” He said Imam Bukahri in Delhi also decided to support Congress because he wanted to fight communalism.

But his son and J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said, “I was part of NDA, I know it. They raise the issue to gain power and once they get it, they put it on the back burner.” He said BJP cannot do any of the three contentious things promised in the manifesto: Uniform civil code, construction of Ram Temple orabrogation of Article 370. “They are simply hoodwinking the country.”

“Article 370 cannot be abrogated without reopening the question of accession. If they want to do it, we have no problem.” The CM said after Modi’s Jammu visit, he had asked for a debate on Article 370 but it was not taking place. “I am being told that I lack the level and then they say he is busy, so they are not doing it.”

Abdullah junior said the BJP general secretary Amit Shah’s controversial speech in UP was an indicator of what BJP was actually aiming for – revenge. He said the Gujarat model is being hawked as the new development model which might be good for a few industrialists but not for the poor man. He was even critical of how Modi has dominated himself over the party. “But we must worry about their real designs. It is dictatorship,” the CM said.

PDP, the state’s principal opposition party too was critical of the BJP manifesto. “This man (Modi) has already gone back on his words,” PDP’s Naeem Akhter said.

“He told in Jammu that he will follow Vajpayee but he has eaten his words.”

Akhter said the Vajpayee doctrine was about not raking up controversial issues but Modi was using every contentious issue to make it to the high office. “Vajpayee reached out to Pakistan and Modi is talking about AK 47 and AK 49. Vajpayee was silent over civil code and this man is making it a poll issue. He is rousing emotions.”
 

Congress too was critical of BJP’s manifesto. “Modi’s designs are dangerous for the entire country,” PCC chief Saifuddin Soz, whose vote against the first NDA regime led to the fall of Vajpayee government said. “NC and Congress will fight his design on Article 370 jointly and strongly.” Soz’s predecessor Peerzada Sayeed told a gathering that Modi has given an impression that life for Muslims in India was being made difficult. “We have to fight it,” he said.

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