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Omar trying to woo separatists: BJP

PTI  Jammu, May 14, 2013
First Published: 17:31 IST(14/5/2013) | Last Updated: 17:37 IST(14/5/2013)

Hitting out at the chief minister for his comments that BJP was responsible for the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the principal opposition party said this Tuesday, that Omar Abdullah was desperately trying to woo separatists.

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"Crossing all limits of propriety as a constitutionally sworn-in CM, (Omar) has once again tried to woo separatists in Kashmir Valley," said BJP state spokesperson and national executive member, Jatinder Singh.

Omar, in an interview on Tuesday, had accused the BJP of forcing Guru's hanging and not following 'positive politics'.

"I don't believe Guru would have been hanged if BJP had not made a political issue out of it," the CM was quoted as saying in the interview.

Reacting sharply to the charge, Singh described the CM's comments as "ill-conceived" and a result of "no-holds-barred race for one-upmanship over other Kashmir-centric political parties like the PDP."
 
Singh questioned why Omar had not resigned after learning about the decision of hanging Guru.

"If the CM honestly believed in what he is saying, why did he not immediately resign from his post to register his dissent when he was informed by the Union Home Minister that Guru was going to be hanged?" Singh asked.

"BJP has decided to reach out to the masses, particularly in Kashmir Valley, to show how the ruling National Conference leaders were enjoying ministerial berths through an opportunistic alliance with the Congress, and at the same time speaking the language of separatists to fool common Kashmiris," he added.

He was also critical of the Congress and questioned its stand on the "anti-India, unconstitutional and divisive statements" emanating from the CM's office.


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