BJP indulging in communal tourism, says Omar
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said if a political party could term Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to violence-hit Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, termed 'secular tourism', attempted visit of a leader of the same party to violence-hit Kisthwar could be dubbed 'communal tourism'.india Updated: Sep 23, 2013 22:28 IST
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said if a political party could term Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to violence-hit Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, termed 'secular tourism', attempted visit of a leader of the same party to violence-hit Kisthwar could be dubbed 'communal tourism'.
He was referring to BJP leader Arun Jaitley who was denied from visiting Kishtwar last month. In Kishtwar, three people had died in communal violence.
The chief minister said political parties should be less hypocritical and such language shouldn't be used.
Addressing the National Integration Council (NIC) meeting in New Delhi on Monday, Abdullah said that before the 2008 state elections, attempts were made to play the communal card and, after the recent Kishtwar violence, similar attempts were made to create trouble in other parts of Jammu but the situation was brought under control within hours.
He expressed apprehension that attempts would be made to polarise society in the run-up to 2014 Parliament elections. Referring to the communal and sectarian clashes in Kishtwar and Budgam areas in Kashmir, he said the administration took all possible measures to contain the situation and ensure no further loss of life or property.
The chief minister referred to the varied geographical regions of the state and said the state government had focused on the equitable and inclusive development of all regions and sub-regions.
Abdullah mentioned the cases of communal incidents in Jammu and Kashmir and north-east states being treated separately in the NIC agenda and asked union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, "Why are you treating us separately?" According to a statement issued by the state government, the home minister said that this would be kept in mind and rectified in future.
Abdullah said that during the incidence of communal violence, the propaganda of people inimical to peace makes the situation worse.
"A section of the media and some unscrupulous users of social networking sites often spread rumours and hurt the sentiments of religious communities. There should be no room for spreading hatred through internet or any other media," the chief minister said.
To rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, he said there was a proposal to enhance the cash incentive from `7.5 lakh to `20 lakh for the reconstruction of houses and provision of additional 3,000 jobs for Kashmiri migrant youths who return to the Valley.