Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on Tuesday said that Muslims in India were “not safe in the rule of a man who equates them to a puppy”.
“How can we vote for Modi whose hands are stained with blood? Thousands of people died in his state and he has never apologised for 2002 riots,” said Omar.
“The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate once equated Muslims to a puppy. How can Muslims be safe if he become the prime minister,” said Omar in a rally in Bakshi Pura in outskirts of Srinagar.
“I am not a puppy. I am a human being. A person who doesn’t respect a Muslim, a person who thinks a puppy and a Muslim is same, how can we make him the prime minister,” he said.
“How can we make a person who doesn’t respect me, doesn’t care for me, the prime minister?” Omar added.
A political uproar had erupted over comments of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s controversial remarks on the 2002 riots. In an interview to Reuters in 2013, Modi had said he would be hurt even if a “puppy came under his car.”
“If we are driving a car or someone else is driving and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. If I’m a chief minister or not, I’m a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad,” he said in the interview.
Recalling another incidents when BJP’s prime ministerial candidate refused to accept a skull cap in 2011 offered by a Muslim cleric during his ‘Sadbhavana’ fast in Ahmedabad, Omar said: “Modi is so against the Muslims that he cannot accept a skull cap offered to him. He has travelled all over the country but nowhere has he refused a head gear, be it Punjab, Assam, Arunachal or elsewhere.”
Sayed Imam Shahi Saiyed, a cleric of a small ‘dargah’ in Pirana village on the outskirts of the city (he lives in Savali village of Dakor taluka), had in a function in September 2011, gone up to the stage to greet Modi at Gujarat University Convention hall.
He offered him a ‘skull cap’, which Modi refused to wear, asking him to offer a shawl instead. The imam did so, and Modi was seen accepting it.
Saying this is not an election over local issues but for a larger issue of choosing a prime minister, Omar added: “There are two people in the fray. One, a young person, who has no history of communalism, doesn’t talk about abrogation of Article 370, Common Civil Code and has nothing to do with demolition of Babri Masjid; and another whose hands are still stained in blood.”.
Referring to reports that PDP was warming up to Modi, Omar said, “If we go by what Modi has said recently, he claimed he is getting allies from Kashmir to Kanyakumari..... I knew he was referring to PDP,” Omar said.
Appealing the voters to vote for his party he said vote to PDP will mean a vote for Modi.
“We have to vote for people who don’t believe in divisive politics but in welfare of people irrespective of religion. We have to vote for NC in the state and Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar,” he added.
NC denied Karra a berth: Omar
Omar Abdullah today claimed that the opposition PDP candidate for Srinagar constituency, Tariq Hamid Karra, had approached the NC for a berth in the party. “I turned him down saying if he was not loyal to his party, how could he be loyal to us,” Omar said.