The BJP hit back at Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah for drawing comparison with Gujarat riots of 2002 to fend off criticism against his government’s handling of the Kishtwar communal violence, which claimed three lives and injured many others.
Responding to Abdullah’s claim on Twitter that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi waited for days before calling in the Army, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday tweeted, “1 March 2002 followed Feb 28. No days in between! Army called on Feb 28, deployed 1 Mar. “Waited days to call out the army...” Shri Omar Abdullah where are the facts?”
She flayed him for calling the BJP “hypocrites” and ignoring major lapses by Modi during the 2002 violence. “J&K CM’s tweets misrepresent facts. Shocking he calls others “hypocrites,” she said.
Sitharaman also held that the Modi government had fully cooperated with a delegation led by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, which was allowed to go round the riot-hit areas. Similarly, Abdullah could have accompanied the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley to the affected areas, instead of sending him out of Jammu.
Earlier, Sitharaman countered Modi’s critics who accused him of co-opting Barack Obama’s slogan “Yes, we can,” while addressing a rally in Hyderabad on Sunday.
She tweeted about Modi’s supporters releasing a video from 2004 to deny claims that the Gujarat Chief Minister took a page out of the US President’s book.
The video, uploaded on YouTube by user ‘iSupportNamo’, shows Modi’s speech at the Vibrant Gujarat summit in 2004, where he can be seen saying “Gujarat can and Gujaratis will.”
On August 17, Modi will join other senior leaders including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj addressing a media management workshop in the national capital on August 17. All BJP spokespersons have been invited.