Abdullah during his election rallies on Monday had accused Modi of spreading anti-Kashmiri agenda, which in turn had provoked students of a private university to attack Kashmiri students in their hostel room.

Abdullah had claimed that Modi just for his political gain was playing with fire, branding his references as detrimental for peace and harmony in the nation and claimed that these were creating differences in the minds of innocent students.

Taking strong exception to Abdullah’s comments, Jaitley on Tuesday hit back at the National Conference leader, saying his comments smacked of political motivation.

Jaitley agreed with Abdullah on his protest against the harassment of the Kashmiri students in Noida but said dragging Modi in the controversy was politically motivated.

“Omar Abdullah is partly correct when he is protesting against the harassment of Kashmiri youths in Noida. He is wholly wrong in linking Narender Modi to the Noida incident. That is on account of his political motivation,” Jaitely wrote on his official Facebook page on Tuesday.

“Children from North-East and Jammu & Kashmir must be encouraged to study and work in various parts of India. They must be welcomed in the rest of India. This will encourage an emotional integration. Any form of personal harassment is a terrible signal either in the North east or Jammu & Kashmir,” he added.

“Even occasional tales leave a terrible impact because they can be exaggerated and overstated. The cause of national integration is dearer to all of us than an occasional difference of opinion. Omar is therefore right in protesting against the Noida incident. He is terribly wrong in dragging Modi into it,” he wrote.


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