Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) real face has been exposed by the comments of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and its “mask” has slipped.
“It is a good thing that Kashmiris have seen the real face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) . Sometimes they come (here) wearing masks but these masks keep on slipping,” Omar told reporters after addressing an election rally in Tral town of south Kashmir Pulwama district.
Omar said he was not worried about the comments made by the Union Minister but it is important that people understand what Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all about.
Jyoti stoked a controversy on December 2 by allegedly making communal remarks and using an expletive in an election rally in Delhi.
“This is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which wants ‘Mission 44’ here (in JK), this is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that wants people of Kashmir to follow them. This is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that people need to be warned about,” he said.
Omar said National Conference was the “only force that can stop Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from achieving its divisive agenda. That is the message we are taking to people.”
Asked about reports that one lakh people are expected to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden poll rally in Kashmir on December 8, Omar said he cannot comment on the numbers but felt that so many people will not vote for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Replying to a question about high voter turnout in the first two phases of the elections in the state, Omar said people want to get their problems resolved as they have realised that boycott does not benefit them.
“I feel, particularly in Kashmir, people have realised that boycott will not benefit them, it will benefit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) .
“Perhaps, due to the ‘Mission 44’ of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , the result is that those who were not willing to vote till yesterday, are today turning out to vote,” he said.
The working president of NC said the BJP’s maximum effort will be in the areas where the effect of boycott is more.
“Three to four seats in Srinagar, and Sopore they are supporting some candidate. Our efforts will be that people take part in the elections in large numbers and cast vote for us and defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mission,” he said.