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Lok Sabha polls: Omar Abdullah turns the tables on Narendra Modi, says exodus was under BJP man

"Majority of Kashmiri Muslims are pained at the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and want them to come back. Modi has insulted the people of Kashmir by his statement," Omar said.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Apr 29, 2014, 05.16 AM IST
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"Majority of Kashmiri Muslims are pained at the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and want them to come back. Modi has insulted the people of Kashmir by his statement," Omar said.
"Majority of Kashmiri Muslims are pained at the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and want them to come back. Modi has insulted the people of Kashmir by his statement," Omar said.
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said he would rather quit politics than land in a situation where he would require a certificate on secularism from Narendra Modi, in a rebuttal of the BJP prime ministerial candidate’s charges against his father and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah.

Accusing Modi of being ignorant about history, Abdullah said, “By attacking Dr Farooq Abdullah, he has hit every Kashmir’s belief in secularism…Kashmir has taught secularism to the rest of the world in 1947 when Mahatma Gandhi saw a ray of light here.”

Earlier in the day, Modi had questioned Dr Abdullah’s “moral right” to preach against communalism because policies of his father Sheikh Abdullah, him and his son were responsible for communalising the state politics.

Responding to Dr Abdullah’s comment on Sunday that those who “vote for Modi should jump into the sea” in a video message from Ahmedabad, the Gujarat chief minister said, “If somebody has to drown then you should look at your face in the mirror. Put your father’s face in front of mirror and ask this question. Those who have chased Kashmiri Pandits out have no face to preach against communalism.”

Rebutting the charge, Omar Abdullah said the exodus of Pandits took place under Jagmohan, who was appointed governor by a central government supported by BJP.

“Kashmiri Pandits left the valley when Jagmohan was governor and Mufti Sayeed was the home minister of the VP Singh government that was supported by BJP at the Centre. Dr Farooq Abdullah was nowhere in the picture,” he said.

He accused BJP of using Kashmiri Pandits as a political fodder. “When Modi came to Jammu, he remembered all but forgot them (Pandits),” Abdullah said. “Last time when we wanted to pass the bill for protecting the Kashmiri Pandits shrines, go and check records how BJP members reacted,” he added.

He said Kashmiri Muslims are concerned over the exodus of Pandits and they want them back for which efforts are being made.

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