Abdullah slams BJP leader’s Pakistan remarks

Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Monday lashed out at Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his ‘back Narendra Modi or go to Pakistan’ remark, saying such “dirty mindset” led to the partition of the country in the past.
“This thinking created Pakistan and I think they want to create a new Pakistan now. If this thinking continues, then saving India will be very difficult,” Abdullah told reporters after an election rally in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Farooq said people should raise their voice against such elements and unveil those who want to polarise the society.
“This is dirty thinking and we should raise our voice forcefully against this dirty thinking and unveil those persons who want to harm the unity among Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians in the country,” he said.
On the alleged hate speech by VHP leader Praveen Togadia, Abdullah said such threats will not cow down the Muslims in the country. “These threats will not deter us. We have been treading the path of Allah and we will not be cowed down by such threats. God willing, we will succeed,” he said.
On the rift between the hardline and moderate factions of Hurriyat Conference, Abdullah said, “I am not going to comment on that because both have said a lot of things. May God help them to make everything right and may they have a good understanding. I cannot say anything more.”
On the police complaint lodged by PDP against him for reported his threats against the opposition party, Abdullah said they have sensed defeat and are coming up with excuses.
“As they sense their defeat, they see such things. But you tell me, which gun do I have? Which rocket do I have to fire? We only have one thing and that is vote, which we will use.
“They (PDP) are crying rigging… What rigging? Do I carry the Election Commission in my pocket? As they sense defeat, they see rigging. Now they say that Farooq Abdullah will fire bombs. Many of our people, our sarpanches and panches have been killed. Were they then killed by Farooq Abdullah? It is unfortunate that they (PDP) are such shortsighted people,” he said.
Abdullah on last Thursday said “if I had guns and bombs, I will use them on PDP leaders”. The PDP filed a complaint against Abdullah for making the statement.