Chief minister Omar Abdullah, also working president of National Conference (NC), on Wednesday said that the current parliamentary elections have placed India on a crucial crossroad where "people of the country have to decide between ideologies of communal divide, represented by BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi; and inclusiveness and harmony, symbolised by Rahul Gandhi".
Addressing election rallies at Ramsoo area, the CM said that every vote in favour of NC-Congress candidates will strengthen the roots of communal amity, brotherhood and ensure equal opportunities of growth and development for all sections of the society, "irrespective of any consideration of religion, region, caste or colour".
"Fooling people and flaring up emotions on various issues and polarising the situation to get political benefits is trait of both the BJP and the PDP. The fact of the matter is that the PDP in the state acts as a state unit of the BJP, as is evident by its acts to help Modi by dividing votes," said Omar.
Omar said that BJP is polarising the society to nurture its ideology of dividing the society for vote bank politics. "This is all the more necessary for Jammu and Kashmir to preserve its rich pluralistic ethos, communal harmony and ensure equitable and holistic development in an atmosphere of inclusiveness and justice," Omar said, asking for wholehearted support in favour of NC-Congress candidate from Udhampur-Doda parliamentary constituency, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
"Rahul Gandhi symbolises the unity and brotherhood of India and is champion of inclusiveness and communal harmony," Omar said and added that Rahul would be the right choice for the country.
He said that "PDP-like parties" are fighting the election just to provide tactical support to Modi and BJP by attempting to divide the voters.
"Despite knowing its fate, the PDP has fielded its candidates for helping Modi to exhibit its friendship and loyalty with the BJP," said Omar.
Omar said the PDP also could not digest yet another decision taken by NC-Congress coalition government in the state to create more than 650 administrative units and tried its best to mislead people about this "extra-ordinary measure".