'Modi's agenda can spark another partition'

'Modi's agenda can spark another partition'

Lashing out at Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his “back Modi or go to Pakistan” remark, National Conference (NC) President and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday alleged that Narendra Modi had an agenda of destruction and division which can “spark another partition in the country.”

“BJP is out to wage a war not just against the minorities in the country but also against the very idea of India. This thinking created Pakistan (in 1947) 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 addressing an election rally in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

He said BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi speaks about development “but refuses to talk about the multiculturalism and communal harmony that has bound this country together for centuries.”

“BJP made it amply clear in its manifesto that the party wanted a Uniform Civil Code in this country despite the religious sentiments of Muslims. Modi also wants to abrogate Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and hence destroy J&K’s special status,” he added.

However, the NC patriarch said Modi should know that there is a party called National Conference to safeguard Article 370. “He (Modi) should know that a thousand Modis cannot stand in front of National Conference and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s (NC fonder) vision of amity, brotherhood and a dignified relation with India,” he asserted.

On the alleged hate speech by VHP leader Praveen Togadia, the Union Minister said such threats will not cow down the Muslims in the country.

He refused to comment on bickering between two factions of Hurriyat Conference. “I am not going to comment on this 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,” Abdullah added.

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