Remember Gujarat riots, Omar tells BJP

Hitting out at BJP leader Arun Jaitley for terming the Kishtwar violence “a threat to India’s sovereignty”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday called the BJP “hypocrites” over the Gujarat government’s response to the 2002 communal riots.

Taking to twitter, Abdullah asked: “Would Jaitley be so kind as to inform parliament whether the Gujarat home minister or MOS (minister of state) Home resigned or even offered to in 2002?”

He said three people died in Kishtwar – one Hindu and two Muslims. “And we’ve a judicial inquiry with my minister resigning. Would the BJP care to recount the 2002 response?

“Oh, that’s right, they can’t because their star PM hopeful waited days to call out the army (and) has yet to apologise. Hypocrites.”

Earlier, raising the Kishtwar violence in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said: “It is not an inter-community disturbance. In inter-community disturbances flags of a neighbouring country are not flashed…

“This is an issue of threat to India’s sovereignty.

“Things will go back to what is was in 1990 if the situation is not brought in control,” Jaitley said, referring to the start of insurgency in the state and the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley.

New and Renewable Energy Minister and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah raised the issue of the Gujarat riots which led to over 1,000 deaths.

“When the riots occurred, the army was not allowed inside. No one from outside was allowed to enter Ahmedabad. Gujarat is not a property of (Narendra) Modi.”

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the government would “not allow a repetition of 1990. We will not allow forced migration, we will not allow forced resettlement. Everybody will be protected.”