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CM defends NC leader after video invoking religion goes viral

india Updated: Apr 01, 2014 11:28 IST
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Chief minister Omar Abdullah targeted the PDP for being in a ‘panic mode’ and creating controversies. He was reacting to a 2.5 minute video of the National Conference leader where she is ‘invoking religion and asking a villager to swear on the Quranic verses saying that he will work for her.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had complained to the Election Commission of India accusing the leader of violating the model code of conduct.

“She isn’t asking for votes or in any way talking about elections/rival candidates. How is this then an election matter?,” Omar wrote on microblogging site Twitter.

Defending her, Omar said “Sakina Ittoo is trying to convince an old worker of her father to come back and work for the party as he had been upset for a while.”

“I know the PDP is in a panic mode but using old videos and trying to mislead the EC about the code violations is desperate beyond words,” he added.

Omar said the video was shot months back, and did not violate the model code of conduct.

The PDP had alleged the video that has gone viral on the social networking sites “shows Sakina and few of her supporters compelling an old man to support her in the coming election.”

“They are clearly trying to force the people to swear by the Quran and their Muslim faith that they would support and vote for the NC candidate,” alleged PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhtar.