Srinagar: Senior Bhartiya Janta Party leader Kavinder Gupta took a jibe at former Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah for his assertions that “Tablighi Jamaat event has provided an opportunity to “some to vilify Muslims”, stating that Omar should change his attitude and think that Coronavirus is a challenge all over the globe irrespective of cast, creed and religion.
Talking to Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) over phone, Gupta who has served as erstwhile J&K state’s Legislative Assembly speaker, said at this crucial juncture Omar should behave responsibly and refrain from making comments aimed at “triggering communal frenzy” within the Union Territory (UT).
“Temples across India are closed and so are masjids, churches and other religious places just to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is prevented. Where comes the question of targeting a particular sect or group,” Gupta said.
Gupta added that the National conference leader should be punished for his comments that are full of hatred and have a potential to trigger communal tensions at a time when entire India is fighting Covid- 19.
It is to mention here that National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday claimed the detection of coronavirus in scores of people who attended a weeks-long event organised by Tablighi Jamaat at a famous Delhi mosque has provided an opportunity to “some to vilify Muslims”.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said those tweeting with hashtags like “Tablighi virus” are “more dangerous” that any virus nature can conjure up.
“Now the #Tablighi Jamat will become a convenient excuse for some to vilify Muslims everywhere as if we created & spread #COVID around the world,” he said in a series of tweets.
“At first glance it would appear the #TablighiJamat were nothing if not irresponsible in the way they went about things but that’s not unique to them. The majority of Muslims in India have heeded government guidelines and advice the same as anyone else,” he added. (KINS)