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Learn to be tolerant like Vajpayee, Farooq's advice to PM

He also accused the BJP of following a divisive agenda

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Farooq Abdullah
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar. Photo: PTI

Former Thursday had a piece of advice for - be tolerant like Vajpayee to ensure acceptance by all people.

Speaking at an event in Jammu, the Conference patriarch also accused the BJP of following a divisive agenda.

"When (Jawaharlal) Nehru unfurled the tricolour at the for the first time, he never thought that a party will come to power in future which will try to divide this country. Britishers divided it into and and the country will be divided into many parts if the ruling party continues with its divisive agenda," he claimed.

He said that the BJP claims Lord Ram is theirs but according to holy texts, "belong to the entire universe and not Hindus alone".

Asking Modi to be "tolerant like Vajpayee", Farooq said, "He is the He has to come up to that level and should not get engaged in smaller issues. At time I feel sorry for his statements."

He went on to add, "Please inculcate sense of tolerance, sahib. If you have to run this country, you have to be tolerant and ensure acceptance by others. All have to be taken along, if you have run this country. Be tolerant like Vajpayee ji."

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He claimed if the country is united today "it is because of Nehru".

He also said that war is not a solution to conflicts.

"We would stay safe in our houses but jawans would lose their lives. We do not need to have war with and We want those countries should also make progress and become prosperous," he added.

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:35 IST