Omar Abdullah provoking sentiments in Kashmir: BJP

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 12:40 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The BJP Monday slammed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, accusing him of "provoking" sentiments in the valley.

Abdullah, in an interview published in a newspaper Monday, said the execution of Afzal Guru may increase the "sense of alienation" in the youth in Kashmir. He also said they may "identify with Afzal Guru".

"Saying that youth in the Kashmir Valley will identify with Afzal Guru is an insult to the youth in the valley. They do not identify with Afzal Guru. They identify with cricketer Parvez Rasool and UPSC topper Shah Faesal," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

"He (Omar Abdullah) said young man of 43 was hanged. Six of the nine killed in the parliament attack were younger than Afzal. Why isn't Omar's heart crying for them but sympathising with Afzal? We condemn it," Javadekar said.

"To raise the issue of discrimination is nothing but provoking the situation in the valley. At least the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir should not do this," he said.

Javadekar said such statements from a chief minister were "totally unacceptable" when the country was feeling a "national sense of relief" after Afzal Guru was executed.

He also demanded a clarification from the Congress if they agreed with Abdullah's comments as his National Conference is an ally of the United Progressive Alliance.

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