BJP planting fake stories against me in media: Azad

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Jammu, Jan 18: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday accused BJP of trying to disrupt the communal harmony in Jammu and Kashmir by planting "fake stories" against him in a section of media.

"I am perplexed how unsubstantiated and unverified reports, purportedly attributed to me are being manufactured in Jammu and Kashmir day in and day out. Is it not the responsibility of the media to seek my comments if it is doing a report, story quoting my name?" he said.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

Referring to a report in a local daily, stating that the leader is opposed to a "Hindu CM", Azad said, "I would like to know when have I said that a Hindu cannot become the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. There must be some record of it."

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said that constitution, irrespective of religion, does not debar any rightful citizen of the State to become Chief Minister and rather than having an objection, he would be delighted if a person of any other religion assumes the post.

Asserting that in a democratic set up, it is the numbers which entitle any political party to have its Chief Minister, Azad said that if BJP has the numbers what is stopping it from appointing a Chief Minister of if its choice.

He said that it is "cheap gimmickry" on the part of BJP to impute motives and ascribe fake stories to achieve political ends. "I would like to ask BJP whom it is trying to mislead by pretending to react to a statement which has never been made, thus drawing a wedge in the society," Azad said.

PTI 

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