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Modi to Farooq: If someone is to drown in sea, have a look in mirror

In a scathing attack on National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today targeted the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister for saying that Modi should drown himself in the sea, the Gujarat chief minister today responded saying: "If someone is to go drown, then go look at the face in a mirror. Put your father's picture in front of a mirror and ask with what face can those who have thrown out the Kashmiri Pandits talk about preventing regionalism," Modi said in a interview. "These words do not suit him. We are silent but it doesn't mean that you keep damaging the secularism that has prevailed in the country for thousands of years."

He said that the BJP was committed to work for the development of people of all communities. "People like Farooq Abdullah making such statements will not derail our campaign," he said.

Modi asserted that his party would not change its stance on secularism and strive for inclusive growth. Abdullah had slammed g BJP leader Griraj Singh and VHP's Praveen Togadia on Sunday, saying "They say those who do not vote for Modi should go to Pakistan. (I say) Those who vote for Modi should drown in the sea."

Modi today said that secularism is ingrained in Indian culture and the statements made by leaders are not going to do any harm. "If we are to consider the biggest damage to this secularism that has been there for thousands of years, it took place in Kashmir. And that too during the tenure when Farooq Abdullah's father was the chief minister," Modi said.

"Farooq Abdullahji it has taken place during your tenure as chief minister and during your son's tenure. Kashmir is the only state in the country where Pandits were removed purely on the basis of religion," he added.