Modi has nothing to do with local issues: Omar

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday accused the right-wing BJP of making ‘misleading’ statements about the tourist arrivals to the state and expressed surprise over the ‘ignorance’ of BJP and its leadership about the ground realities.

“Misleading statement of BJP leadership about the tourist traffic in Jammu and Kashmir and promising that it would ask Bollywood to resume shooting of films in the Valley, depicts the total lack of knowledge of the BJP about the ground situation in the state,” he said while addressing an election rally at Vijaypur in Jammu.

Substantiating his statement, Omar said, “BJP and its leadership should know that the number of yatris to Mata Vaishno Devi ji Shrine has crossed over one crore figure yearly in the tenure of my government. During the last five years, more than 50 lakh tourists visited the Valley annually, which is also a record in last about 25 years,” he said.

“BJP should also know that Bollywood film companies are already busy in the Valley for shooting films and this process is going for the last five years,” Omar said.

The Chief Minister said it was absurd on the part of BJP to “deceive people” by asking them to vote in favour of Narendra Modi. The fact is that Mr Modi is not fighting Assembly election and as such has nothing to do with the local issues, he said.

“National Conference is not doing politics on religion, region or development like BJP. We do not create a wedge between Hindus and Muslims, Kashmiri, Jammuvi and Ladakhi, and do not do politics on the issues of development and public good,” he said.

Castigating coalition partner Congress and its leadership for attempting to take credit for all the ‘good work’ done by his government in the state and shifting blames for its own shortcoming and failures on the National Conference, Omar described this attitude as the “highest example of opportunism and falsehood.”

“You cannot take credit for all the good work done by my government and blame the National Conference and its leadership for the shortcomings of your own party and ministers”, he told Congress leadership rejecting their poll ‘propaganda of blame game to mislead people.’

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