Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that there is no 'Modi-wave' in the country, particularly in the state, and it is just a "hoax created by BJP."
Abdullah, who is also working president of the National Conference (NC), said, "There is no Modi wave in the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. All assertions in this regard circulated by BJP are a mere hoax''.
"People in the state and elsewhere in the country uphold the high principles of pluralistic ethos, communal harmony and brotherhood and want young leadership to lead the country to strengthen these principles and take the country towards new heights of peace, development and modernisation", he said while addressing election rallies in support of candidates of NC-Congress alliance at Kalakote, Nowshera and other places in Rajouri district.
"Gone are the days when people could be astrayed in the name of religion, creed, caste and region," he asserted.
The chief minister said the people in the state and the country are "emancipated enough to understand the designs of certain politicians trying to divide the society on the grounds of region, religion and caste for vote bank politics".
He said that parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) are thriving on the politics of 'divide and rule' and want to create a wedge among various sections of the societyto get political mileage.
He cautioned the people against this tactics and impressed upon them to vehemently reject the hate politics and nurture a sense of brotherhood, amity and togetherness for which the National Conference and Congress have always been torch bearers. He said both these parties have sacrificed all along to keep the secular democratic traditions of the country and the state alive and strong.
Abdullah said that Jammu and Kashmir has received an unprecedented support from the UPA government, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, under the guidance of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
"The time has come when the people of the state will exhibit their characteristic quality of recognising their friends and extending them full support. Let us all vote for the joint candidates of NC and Congress in the parliamentary elections and strengthen the hands of Dr Manmohan Singh, Ms Sonia Gandhi and Mr Rahul Gandhi and give a message to the country that the people of Jammu and Kashmir do not forget their friends", he said.
The all-round development, massive economic uplift and peace that has taken place in the state during the last five years owes a lot to the UPA Government, he added.
Taking a dig at BJP, Omar Abdullah said that the safforn party which has no regard for its own elders and stalwarts cannot give regard to the common people.
He asked the people to remain united and "foil all attempts to divide the society and flare up tension in the name of region, religion and caste."
He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have in the past rejected this kind of politics and will also defeat this thinking this time and in the future.
The meetings were also attended by the provincial president of Jammu National Conference, Devendar Singh Rana, MLAs RS Sharma, Rachpal Singh, Ravinder Sharma, senior NC leader Ratan Lal Gupta among others.