Kishtwar row: War of words between BJP, Omar intensifies

The war of words between Bharatiya Janata Party and Omar Abdullah over the J&K Chief Minister calling the opposition party "hypocrites" continued on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2013, 10:27 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Kamna Arora

New Delhi: The war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Omar Abdullah over the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister calling the opposition party "hypocrites" continued on Tuesday.

On Monday, Abdullah upped the ante when he hit out at BJP leader Arun Jaitley for terming the Kishtwar violence "a threat to India`s sovereignty".

Taking to micro blogging website Twitter, Abdullah had 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?"

Abdullah was referring to the resignation of Jammu and Kashmir`s junior Home Minister Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo over the violence in Kishtwar in which three people have died since Friday.

The J&K CM`s reference to Gujarat violence kicked up a political storm.

On Twitter, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday described Abdullah`s act of comparing Kishtwar violence with 2002 Gujarat violence as "unjust, unfair and unacceptable".

Sitharaman further recalled a few facts, mentioning Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi called the Army on February 28, 2002. Army was then deployed within 24 hours. She also mentioned that 77,000 preventive arrests were made in Gujarat in the wake of the violence.

Taking a jibe at the J&K CM`s tweet which said the Gujarat government waited for "days to call out the army...", Sitharaman asked: "Shri Omar..Shri Omar Abdullah where are the facts?"

Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Smriti Irani also defended the response of the Gujarat government during 2002 riots.

During Gujarat riots, Army was deployed within 24hrs, paramilitary force was immediately deployed and shoot at sight order was given, said Irani.

Yesterday in Parliament, one National Conference party leader confessed that the Jammu and Kashmir government had prior information that violence was brewing in Kishtwar, still the state government took no measures, asked Irani.

Curfew continued in eight districts of Jammu region on Tuesday even as the annual Amarnath Yatra resumed after three days, officials said. Eleven people have been arrested in connection with the communal clashes in Kishtwar.