On his official Facebook page, Jaitley, who is locking horns with former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, said Dr Abdullah’s comments on Modi fans should be condemned by all.

Jaitley said Abdullah’s statement against Modi fans is a blatant disrespect of the majority’s opinion, adding that secularism has failed the most in his own state of Jammu and Kashmir where ethnic cleansing of Pandits took place.

“Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s statement that those voting for Narendra Modi would drown themselves into sea deserves to be condemned by all. This demonstrates Dr. Abdullah’s contempt for the majority opinion,” Jaitley wrote on his official Facebook page.

“Farooq Sahib believes and rightly so that India is secular and will not accept communal politics. Where is it that secularism in India has seen the single greatest failure? We had aberrations and unfortunate incidents in various parts of the country,” he added.

“However, Indian society has demonstrated resilience and managed to get out of the crisis quickly and normalize itself,” he wrote.

Jaitley added in his post: “The single greatest failure of secularism in India is within Farooq Sahib’s own state of Kashmir. If India has witnessed an ethnic cleansing by having one community of the State, namely, the Kashmiri Pundits ejected out of the State, it has only happened in Kashmir.”

Jaitley questioned Abdullah if his state would welcome back Kashmiri Pandits once again with open hands in their state or not.

“India will never accept communal politics. I am glad when Farooq Sahib says that Kashmir will not accept communal politics. But will Kashmir offer the red carpet back for the resettlement of the Kashmiri Pundits,” Jaitley wrote.

“India will vote Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. Nobody needs to jump into the sea because of that. But if Farooq Sahib and his party are silent spectators, when the Kashmiri Pundits cannot go back home he should, as a gesture of repentance, at least take a dip in the Dal lake,” he added.

(JPN)

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