As BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is all set to address a rally in Jammu on December 1, National Conference has asked Modi not to disrupt the communal harmony of Jammu and Kashmir.
Senior NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar, while talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that everyone is free to express his point of view in democracy and that the state government is not against any party in this regard. However Sagar further stated that the communal hatred has become BJP’s trademark and that the BJP believes in politics of ‘hatred’. “BJP believes in the politics of strange nature but we must say with certainty that the people of the state have rejected the politics of hatred long ago.”
Appealing Modi not to spread the communal tension in the state, Sagar claimed that Modi is free to lead the political campaign for his party but he must not indulge in the politics of hatred. “Communal harmony has always remained a historic identity of the state and that the people here have never allowed any person to divide the state on the bases of religious beliefs.”
Sagar further stated: “I salute the people of Jammu and Kashmir that they never have given any space to the elements who want to spread communal hatred. Even during the most turbulent times of the history of the state, people here live with this character.”
When asked about the demand coming from certain sections in the state that Modi must be stopped as was done earlier in the case of Shayam Prasad Mukherjee, Sagar observed that Mukherjee’s case was different and that the decision taken by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at that time was based on the ground situation.
Commenting over the BJP’s demand that article 370, special status to Jammu and Kashmir, be abrogated, Sagar sad that the article 370 is the bridge between the state and New Delhi and that anyone trying to destroy the bridge has to face the consequences.
Pertinently, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah recently stated that the Modi’s visit to Jammu is aimed to create communal tension in the state and that BJP leaders would talk of abrogation of the Constitution’s Article 370, discrimination between Kashmir and Jammu and other emotional issues during their scheduled rally.
Several political parties also have demanded that the government must stop Modi from entering in Jammu and that his visit would escalate the communal divisions in the state.