Modi calls Gandhi funnier than Kapil Sharma

BJP leader says Abdullah and his family removed Pandits from Kashmir

JHANSI – Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, ridiculing Rahul Gandhi's allegations against him, said that his remarks were comical and the Congress leader could soon force stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma to shut his shop, the Press Trust of India news service reported on Monday.

Addressing a public meeting in favour of firebrand BJP leader Uma Bharti, he also targeted Dr Manmohan Singh for his comments, saying that the prime minister had also failed to see corruption in his government and only the ‘mother-son duo’ were visible to him, in a reference to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul.

“I feel the TV serial of comedian Kapil Sharma will close in a few days. His (Gandhi) videos can be shown by TV people and all the exertion of the elections will go away. You will not have to go anywhere for entertainment,” Modi said at an election. In Uttar Pradesh, number of fire-arm licences was higher than number of families, he said.

In a direct attack on National Conference leader Dr Farooq Abdullah, Modi accused the former state chief minister and his family for communalising the political atmosphere in Jammu Kashmir. He also asked Abdullah not to give lessons to people on secularism. “If we want to talk about secularism then I want to say – we are secular not because the word was added in the constitution. We believe the truth is one, there are ways to reach it,” he said.

“In our culture of thousands of years, the biggest harm on secular fabric done anywhere is done in Jammu Kashmir and it is done due to politics of your father, yourself and your son. It is due to your politics and politics of your son. Kashmir is the only land from where Pandits were removed solely for their religion. The land of Sufism and harmony has been made communal due to your politics,” he said.

“You talk of drowning those who vote for Modi but you have committed sin of making Kashmir communal. Such words do not suit you. And if someone has to drown please look in the mirror and see who should drown. How can those who removed Kashmiri Pandits talk of secularism? You cannot insult our values and culture like this,” he said.

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