Training his guns on Narendra Modi, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah today accused him of being a “dictator” and thinking only of “self promotion” and not the country.
“He (Modi) can make his party President (Rajnath Singh) bow and yesterday’s tweets explains that completely. His autocratic way of functioning will harm the BJP as well as the country,” Abdullah, National Conference president, who will be contesting from Srinagar Parliamentary seat, said.
He was referring to the tweets of Rajnath yesterday, “Time For Change, Time For BJP. Abki Baar, Bhajapa Sarkar (This time BJP government)” which was changed in 33 minutes to “Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkar (Time for a Modi government).”
The Union Minister said that Modi was being supported by RSS. “I don’t think that my party will accept Modi and I can only hope that secular India will not go the communal way,” he said.
Abdullah also made it clear that he will be serving the people of the state after this election and may not join the government at the Centre in case the UPA forms the government.
“The future is my son (Omar Abdullah). He should also have a stint at the Centre and not remain confined to the state politics only,” Abdullah told PTI in an interview here.
So in case UPA-III comes to power, would it mean a change of guard at the state, he was asked. “I am not commenting on any hypothetical situation. Let it happen and we will take stock of the situation and take a decision in the interest of the people,” he responded.
On the political scene at the national level, Abdullah said it was a one man show completely overshadowing the BJP as a party. “Its Modi, Modi everywhere and those who do not fall in line are quickly shown the door with Jaswant Singh being the latest example,” he said.
Agreeing with Jaswant Singh’s statement that BJP’s decision-making process was similar to the arrogance of the Emergency era, Abdullah said, “only an insider can rightly define the manner in which the party is functioning. He (Modi) is already functioning as a dictator.” (Agencies)