In his attempt to criticise a channel's talk show, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah ended up offending hundreds of netizens by likening former prime minister Deve Gowda to Pakistan's former ruler General Pervez Musharraf. What followed was massive trolling of Abdullah. His comments were termed 'borderline racist' to 'immature' by those who took offence.
In an attempt to express his thoughts about how 'irrelevant' it was to talk to Musharraf about Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, Abdullah said that it was 'akin to Pakistani channels discussing developments in India with Gowda'. His statements left Twitter users, especially from southern parts of India fuming. While some merely disapproved of his statements, others launched full-fledged verbal attacks on Abdullah.
This is akin to Pakistani channels talking to Deve Gowda to discuss developments in India. Irrelevant no matter how "hard hitting". https://t.co/c53EeJpKTP— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) April 13, 2017
Political differences aside, BJP leaders from Karnataka criticised Omar Abdullah for his statements. C T Ravi, a BJP MLA took to twitter to slam Abdullah. Reminding Abdullah that Gowda is called the 'son of soil' for a reason, Ravi said that the Abdullah family could never match up to the contribution that Gowda made for the country.
"Son of the Soil" Sri Deve Gowda has done more for the Nation's Development than the Runaway Crooks Abdullah family can even dream about. https://t.co/s9LN5migFo— C.T.Ravi (@CTRavi_BJP) April 14, 2017
Not just political parties and its members but netizens from all walks of life slammed Abdullah for the comparison he made between Gowda and Musharraf. Abdullah's twitter timeline was flooded with tweets criticising him for reckless statements on a former prime minister.
Deve Gowda was a legitimately elected head of state unlike Musharraf https://t.co/IbMBMwvaeK— Ram Prasad (@ramprasad_c) April 13, 2017
Omar u were CM because of the family u were born & ur credentials as CM is big zero whereas Devegowda reached high positions with hard work https://t.co/azKPQ85Ucs— vijay giraddi (@vijaygiraddi) April 14, 2017
Many netizens demanded that Abdullah take down the tweet and apologise to the former prime minister of the country.