BJP’s Suvendu drags Kashmir into Bengal debate, Omar fumes | India News

KOLKATA: Former J&K CM and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Sunday slammed BJP recruit Suvendu Adhikari’s “stupid, tasteless comment” that if Trinamool Congress retained power in Bengal, the state would turn into another Kashmir.
“But according to you BJP wallas, Kashmir has become paradise after August 2019; so what’s wrong with West Bengal becoming Kashmir? Anyway, Bengalis love Kashmir & visit us in large numbers — so we forgive you,” Omar tweeted.

Trinamool Congress termed Adhikari’s remark a pre-election ploy to divert talk from development.
The former TMC minister, whom BJP has fielded against CM Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, had spoken about Bengal becoming a part of Bangladesh at a rally in south Kolkata’s Behala on Saturday night and referenced Kashmir at PM Narendra Modi’s Brigade Parade Ground rally on Sunday.
“I do not know when Darjeeling will turn into Switzerland or Kolkata will become London (alluding to an old Mamata promise), but what I know for sure is if Trinamool Congress returns to power, your plight will be the same as Kashmiri Pandits,” he said on Sunday.
He also questioned Furfura Sharif clerics taking a political stance and accused TMC, the Left and Congress of “appeasement politics”. In Behala the night before, Adhikari had said, “If Syama Prasad Mukherjee weren’t here, this country would have been an Islamic country and we would be living in Bangladesh.”
Rajya Sabha MP and Trinamool’s national spokesperson Derek O’ Brien said, “BJP’s plan in the next two months is to distract people from the key issues and all the good work that has happened in Bengal — health, education, social schemes, jobs, infrastructure like roads, economic indices, the improvement in Kolkata and across Bengal. So, what will they do? Make bizarre statements in an attempt to be divisive and polarise. It’s an old Modi-Shah devious tactic which their minions are following. People will see through this.”

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