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Omar speaking separatist language: BJP

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Prakash Javadekar. Photo: K. Gopinathan
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Prakash Javadekar. Photo: K. Gopinathan

The BJP on Monday charged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with “speaking the language of separatists”

Referring to his interview to CNN-IBN, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said some of the statements made by the Chief Minister were provocative.

Asked whether the government should have ensured that the family of Afzal Guru was informed ahead of his execution and facilitated a meeting, Mr. Javadekar said he was picking only “serious issues.”

“We deeply condemn his interview” because it struck a chord with the terrorist “who attacked Indian Parliament and the idea of India,” and was condemned to death eight years ago,

“So, to raise the issue of discrimination or [make] some other references is nothing but provoking the situation in the Valley. At least the Chief Minister should not do this,” the BJP leader said.

Mr. Javadekar wanted the Congress to spell out its position on Mr. Abdullah’s interview as his National Conference is part of the United Progressive Alliance. The Congress had a responsibility to respond to what Mr. Abdullah said.

Mr. Javadekar said the Chief Minister also challenged the Supreme Court’s verdict by claiming that the judgment “depended on circumstantial evidence and the [death] sentence was awarded to satisfy the collective conscience of society,” while conveniently skipping the portion where the court said “there was not even a shred of doubt about Afzal’s complicity in the hatching of the criminal conspiracy to attack Parliament and evidence showed that he had actively participated in its execution.”

More serious was Mr. Abdullah’s claim that “the new generation in Kashmir will identify with Afzal Guru,” Mr. Javadekar said, adding “Kashmiri youth today identify themselves with cricketer Shami Ahmad and IAS topper Shah Faizal” and not with a terrorist.

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By saying that the youth of kashmir will identify with Afzal Guru,Omar
Abdullah has stated the obvious.The Kashmiris have made their
sentiments known to the world umpteen times by turning in lacs in favour
of Azadi over the last 23 years or so of the continuing
Resistance.People like Javadekar have neither the courage nor the
conscience to admit this big reality about Kashmir.Let them hide their
callousness and bias under their "collective conscience".

from:  N.A.Koul
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 13:16 IST

Being a very responsible chief of state like Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah should give his opinion very cautiously. Execution of Afjal Guru is followed by a complete judicial procedings and solid evidences including Afzal’s statement about complicity in the hatching of the criminal conspiracy to attack Parliament. So Omar Abdullah is only trying to appease some of the odd mass of J&K people by blaming the Indian Judicial System. By doing so he can also keep a hold on political rivals. Many Jammu & Kashmir leaders has aggravated the sentiments of the people and has caused a turmoil in the state. I hope sensible & peace loving people of Jammu & Kashmir will use their rational in this issue as well.

from:  Amit verma
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 13:06 IST

What face does the BJP has to express such views on Mr.Omar Abdullah, when BJP itself has a chameleon policy, if seen many past and present instances involving, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi killers. BJP indirectly supports Khalistan separatists groups, just for sake they are opposed to Congress party! The same goes to Tamils and politicians from Tamil Nadu, who openly support LTTE, a terrorist organisation. To add to the insult, politicians like Vaiko, thrive on fanning unnecessary Eelam issue.

Neither BJP or for that matter any political party or media are not opposed to the idea of hanging Rajiv Gandhi killers. When sikhs openly burn Indian flags overseas, during the Independence celebrations, BJP remains a dumb witness as well the media. So much for the melodrama and democracy they shout about!

Mr.Omar Abdullah's views are right, when seen Sikhs terrorists and Rajiv Gandhi killers are having a great time, courtesy pathetic Indian judiciary and double standards as a whole.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 09:05 IST

It seems to me that Kashmiri CM is either pandering to the anti-India constituency or
indeed being provocative. He and any who take Afzal Guru's point of view need to
understand that India executes Hindu, and other criminals,too.
Afzal Guru's family must have known that he was condemned to death, and should
have expected punishment, and I know courts work in strange ways. This was,
according to Afzal Guru and his gang, a war on India. The attackers of the Indian
Parliament did not give warnings to their victims. They are just as dead and their
families have not been paraded internationally for sympathy.
Criminals always expect the victims and their representatives to be fair.
Unfortunately, for those who fight "wars" hiding among civilians, there can be no
guarantee of absolute fairness.

from:  Nanda Sologar
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 08:54 IST

This clearly shows that our today's politicians are far from being
patriotic. They only care for their vote banks. This is a phenomena
started by the Congress Party and followed by all the others. This
is the first step towards the balkanisation of the country. The
politicians are so selfish that in every aspect they put self before
anything else.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 07:42 IST

Let us not eulogize PSEUDO-PATRIOTISM.Let attention be not diverted towards such patriotism when such situation suits interests of other countries and their transnational corporations to find markets for weaponry in the subcontinent.Primary issue is to arrange for jobs,food security, education, health,shelter for the people!

from:  atis
Posted on: Feb 12, 2013 at 06:17 IST

On the contray, I found Omar's comments as honest and coming from the heart. I admire the way he expressed his views. He came off like a mature leader. Other politicians should respect his right to articulate his views and allow others to hold an opinion different from theirs'. Dont forget that Omar is the man in the eye of the storm.I Visited that part of India in summer and sincerly hope that things calm down in Kashmir soon. Some of the points raised by Omar should be answered by the concerned people

from:  Harvinder Kumar Dhiman
Posted on: Feb 11, 2013 at 20:57 IST

BJP is a cunning party. If it was so law abiding - it should have surrendered L K Advani and put him in prison for demolishing Ram janam bhoomi in 1992. If it was so sincere -all its leaders should have twitted and made noise about hanging all those in the Que. But every day they only talked about Afzal guru and never talked about any one else- In orissa a christian missionary was burnt alive -never did BJP ask for Hanging of those who did such henious crimes. Whatever Omar Abdullah has said is only reasonable of any human being - he never objected to the hanging -he only wanted the family to be informed - as was the requirement - and if possible meet him before being hanged. Now his demand for Hanging those confirmed death sentence by SC is also 1000% reasonable and just -only BJP may not be comfortable.

from:  s ramji
Posted on: Feb 11, 2013 at 20:49 IST
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