BJP condemns Omar for 'sympathetic chord' with Afzal
NEW DELHI : BJP today
charged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with
"provoking" the situation in Kashmir Valley and condemned his
interview for having a "sympathetic chord" for Afzal Guru who
was hanged last week for his role in the Parliament attack case.
Talking to reporters, BJP
spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the Congress should clear
its stand on the interview given by Abdullah as the Jammu and
Kashmir Chief Minister was "part and parcel" of the UPA.
"We deeply condemn his interview
because it has a sympathetic chord for the terrorist who
attacked Indian Parliament, the idea of India and condemned to
death eight years ago.
"So, to raise the issue of
discrimination or some other references, actually is nothing but
provoking the situation in the Valley. At least the Chief
Minister of Jammu and Kashmir should not do this," he said.
The BJP spokesperson was
addressing the media after senior party leaders including L K
Advani, former party president Nitin Gadkari and others paid
homage to its former chief Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay on his 45th
Javadekar said such statements
from a Chief Minister were "totally unacceptable" when the
country was feeling "national sense of relief" after Guru was
"We condemn his statement and we
want to ask Congress whether they agree with what Omar Abdullah
has said because they are part of parcel of UPA and they are
supporting it. So, Congress owes responsibility to respond to
what Omar Abdullah is saying," he said.
Yesterday, Abdullah had slammed
the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and said
it would reinforce a sense of alienation and injustice among
generation of youth in the Valley.
The Chief Minister had said it
was a "tragedy" that Guru was not allowed to meet his family
before he was hanged and not allowed a "final farewell".
The 43-year-old Parliament attack
convict was hanged and buried in Tihar jail premises in Delhi in
a secret operation yesterday.
Clearly unhappy with the hanging
of Guru, the Chief Minister had said there were many questions
that needed to be answered.
On the stampede in Allahabad
during the ongoing Kumbh Mela there, the BJP spokesperson said,
"This is a failure of both central and state government."
"(Railways Minister) Pawan Kumar
Bansal cannot skip his duty only by giving a technical answer
that the Foot Over Bridge did not collapse but the stampede
happened on the station. There was much chaos and could have
been managed in a better way," he said.
Terming the incident as
"unfortunate", he said the congregation held 12 years ago was
better-managed when Rajnath Singh was the Chief Minister of the
"Cannot we as a nation come out
strongly with a fool-proof plan when a big religious
congregation will pass smoothly without any accident. We will
raise this issue in Parliament also," Javadekar said.
Asked about Congress' charge that
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the SRCC
college here was a "bunch of lies", Javadekar said the
statistics about development of Gujarat and four awards related
to e-governance have been given to the state by the UPA
"Statistics and their analysis is
done by the Centre only and then calling it a bunch of lies is
nothing but politics. This is wrong and the way craze for Modi
is growing across the country, Congress is scared from it," he