BJP engineering communal divide: Farooq

NC president, Dr Farooq Abdullah addressing JCCI members in Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
NC president, Dr Farooq Abdullah addressing JCCI members in Jammu on Saturday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Gopal Sharma
JAMMU, Mar 3:  Training guns at the BJP for engineering communal divide and widening wedge between the people of two communities in the country, former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that this move of the BJP will prove counter productive and may pose threat to peace and communal harmony.   Talking to media-persons on the sidelines of a function organized by the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry here this afternoon, Dr Abdullah said the situation in the State was dangerous.
He said the BJP was trying to engineer communal divide and this is very dangerous for the peace and brotherhood in the State. “For the sake of vote bank politics, the people should not stoop so low. Not only Farooq Abdullah, it is the collective responsibility of all to work for restoration of peace and maintain communal harmony in the State. The wedge being created among the people of two regions should be narrowed down and all the stake holders must contribute for it,” he added.

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Replying to a question whether there is any way out to resolve issue, Dr Farooq said, “You tell if there is any way out? In my opinion only dialogue is the dependable and credible solution to resolve the Kashmir issue involving all the stake holders.”
Referring to the victory of BJP in North East today, Dr Abdullah said, “Someone has to win and others to lose. It is not utter failure of Congress or UPA.  Rahul Gandhi should get reasonable time to grow and prove himself.  I don’t think it is big defeat of the Congress party”.
Earlier addressing Jammu traders, Dr Abdullah said Chamber has taken up noble initiative to work for restoration of peace in the State. He said it is not only the task of Farooq Abdullah or the Jammu Chamber, all the stake holders and political parties should join hands to restore peace in the State. He trained guns at the BJP and leadership in New Delhi and said that `Delhi’ was never serious in the resolution of Kashmir issue.  “They never cared to feel the pain of people from Jammu and Kashmir”, he added.
Praising the initiative of former Prime Minister Atal Behari  Vajpayee for bringing peace on borders  and engaging Pakistan in dialogue,  the NC stalwart said Modi should also follow the foot prints of Vajpayee.  “Situation would have been different  if Vajpayee had got opportunity to serve for the second term as Prime Minister,” Dr Abdullah said.
Recalling Vajpayee’s words that friends can be changed and not the neighbour, Dr Abdullah said Vajpayee was a great visionary Prime Minister, who read the pulse  of the people and tried his best to restore peace between the two countries.  “I wish good sense prevail on the Prime Minister Modi so that he follows the footsteps of Vajpayee.”
Dr Abdullah claimed that two nation theory was not the brain child of lLate Mohd Ali Jinnah, but  Jawahar Lal Nehru,  Maulana Azad and Sardar Patel were not interested in united India.  If the division of the country could have been avoided during 1947, India would have emerged as strongest country today and there would be no Kashmir issue or the enmity between India and Pakistan.  It was great blunder on the part of those leaders, he added.
Dr Abdullah said once Dr Karan Singh had told him that it was great blunder on the part of his father to go for accession with India, but he had told him that it was not the blunder but a right decision taken under the circumstances.  “It all happened with the wish of God,” I told him.
Lauding the efforts of Jammu Chamber, Dr Abdullah said Jammu is great destination of business and it has good rail link.  He assured full support of his party and said businessmen should not come out only for subsidy but for raising true assets and providing employment to the youth.
Earlier, addressing gathering JCCI president Rakesh Gupta expressed his resolve  to work for the restoration of peace and brotherhood in  the State. He said Chamber has taken this noble initiative and all the stake holders should be involved.
Devinder Singh Rana, MLA and NC provincial president urged upon Dr Abdullah to lead the State in restoration of peace and brotherhood under present scenario.   He said people of the State have high hopes from him and he is the only hope under these circumstances for the people of the State. He hoped that only NC can keep united all the three regions of the State.
NC’s additional general secretary, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal was also present on the occasion.