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Geelani criticises Narendra Modi
PTI, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, December 02, 2013
First Published: 15:35 IST(2/12/2013)
Last Updated: 16:45 IST(2/12/2013)

Hardline Hurriyat conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said Narendra Modi's nomination as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate was a "blot" on democracy and secularism of the country.

"Whatever happened in Gujarat in 2002, happened due to (Modi) orders and instructions.

"He is an ill-minded personality and is trying to spread communal fire in Jammu and Kashmir. His visit is a threat to the peace in the state," Geelani said, addressing a rally in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on sunday.

Condemning Delhi court's order of declaring United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Sallah-u-Din, a proclaimed offender, Geelani said he was fighting for a cause and is not a terrorist.

"People like Syed Sallah-u-Din are not terrorists but they are freedom fighters who are fighting for a sacred cause and there is no justification for labeling them as proclaimed offenders," a Hurriyat spokesman quoted Geelani as having said at the rally.

The Hurriyat leader reiterated his election boycott call, saying attempts were being made by some elements to portray certain parties as the lesser evil.

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