Person equating killing of Muslims with canines can't be PM: Omar
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, while hitting out at the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, said a person who had "equated death of Muslims in 2002 Gujarat riots with the killing of canines can't deliver justice".india Updated: Apr 02, 2014 20:10 IST
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, while hitting out at the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, said a person who had "equated death of Muslims in 2002 Gujarat riots with the killing of canines can't deliver justice".
"Modi couldn't fulfill a fundamental requirement of humanism of expressing an apology for the killings of innocent people, especially Muslims, in Gujarat riots; but equated it (deaths) with killing of canines by saying that he feels sorry even for the death of a dog. How can anyone expect human behaviour and justice from him?" said Omar at rally in Surankote in Pooch district.
Modi had come under criticism for his "puppy" remark in an interview to Reuters news agency last July.
Modi, commenting about Gujarat riots, had said: ..Another thing, if we are driving a car, we are a driver.
If someone else is driving a car and we're sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. Even if am a chief minister or not, I'm a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad."
Omar said that while Modi speaks about addressing the issue of Jammu and Kashmir through "the prism of humanity, had till now not shown courtesy to express sorry for the killings of innocents in Gujarat".
He said Modi doesn't have traits and character to head pluralistic society like India. He said Modi has not regretted his role in 2002 Gujarat riot.
"The PM should reflect representative character and must have concern for all sections of the society. But Modi is devoid of these characteristic and carries with him the stigma of communal bias," said Omar.
Omar is on a four-day tour of Rajouri-Poonch districts to campaign for NC-Congress alliance candidate Madan Lal Sharma.
"On the other hand, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi represents the aspirations of the people of all sections of the society and is the torch bearer of secularism, and as such deserves to be prime minister" said Omar.
The CM alleged that PDP had deliberately fielded local candidate of Poonch district to divide the vote so as to help BJP.
Omar asked the people to be aware of the divisive tactics of BJP and PDP to exploit them on various counts for power politics.
The NC working president said PDP has lost the relevance as it only made false promises to people and flared up tension during its three-year tenure.
"The nib of PDP's pen has broken and its pot is without ink", he said.