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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

BJP accuses Omar of being ‘fundamentalist’ over his Rohingya remarks

Omar Abdullah had questioned those calling on the Rohingya to leave the country, asking whether they would also demand the Tibetan government-in-exile to leave the country.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2017 21:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jammu
File photo of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
File photo of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.(HT Photo)

 The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday hit out at former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah for his comments on the Centre recent stand on the Rohingya refugees before the Supreme Court.

The Centre had recently submitted before the SC that it considers Rohingyas to be a threat to national security. Reacting to this, Omar wrote on Twitter that this stand on the Centre is post-2014 phenomenon and that the argument was never forwarded during security meeting prior to 2014.

On Wednesday, BJP state spokesperson Virender Gupta in a statement said even though Omar Abdullah is a member of a major political party of J&K and is a former chief minister, he “matches the separatists in his statements and gives the impression of being a fundamentalist in his approach”. 

He was also reacting to Omar’s recent statement wherein he asked if the Dalai Lama be asked to leave the country and Tamil refugee sent back.

“During the Amarnath land row, Omar and his party opposed construction of temporary shelters for pilgrims, In the parliament Omar announced that not an inch of the land can be given for this,” he claimed.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 21:42 IST