Why can’t J&K have Hindu CM, asks minister

He even referred to former president A P J Abdul Kalam and former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to assert his point.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published:August 21, 2014 1:54 am

Raking up a controversy which has potential of dividing Jammu and Kashmir on religious and regional lines ahead of the Assembly elections, a senior Congress minister in Omar Abdullah’s coalition government Wednesday asked why there cannot be a Hindu chief minister in the state.

“Where in the Constitution it has been written that a Hindu from Jammu cannot become chief minister of the state?’’ Minister for Public Health Engineering Sham Lal Sharma asked while addressing Congress youth workers at a rally in Akhnoor, organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Raising the Hindu card in the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, he asked why a Hindu cannot become chief minister here “when A R Antulay can become chief minister of Maharashtra which has only 2 per cent Muslim population”.

He even referred to former president A P J Abdul Kalam and former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to assert his point. “If we can have A P J Abdul Kalam as President of India from among our 12 per cent Muslim brethren, or if we can keep Sardar Sahab (Manmohan Singh) with only two per cent Sikh population as our Prime Minister for 10 years… why we cannot have a Hindu chief minister in the state?’’ “Have you ever given a thought to it?” Sharma asked, regretting that “What can be done as you people (Hindus) will never raise your voice against their dominance”.

“What can be done if you keep on following them like lambs,” he said in an apparent reference to Muslim leaders from Valley. He also went on to cite more instances of discrimination against Jammu region. “The list of agricultural technocrats is released across the state, but those hailing from there (Valley) get the appointment letters, while youth from Jammu continue to move here and there for jobs,” he said.

Sharma further asked “whether they have ever thought as to how many employees had been working in the civil secretariat and how many of them were Hindus. “Of the 7,000 employees working there, hardly 200 were Hindus,” he quickly said.

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    Nathan
    Aug 21, 2014 at 6:14 am
    It had a Sikh prime minister for a decade! Don't they count as minority?
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      kesri
      Aug 21, 2014 at 9:11 am
      Also YSR Reddy was CM for Andhra Pradesh.
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        kesri
        Aug 21, 2014 at 9:11 am
        Sonia was the de-facto PM.
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          kesri
          Aug 21, 2014 at 9:10 am
          what a co-incidence! Imran Khan is saying the same thing about Pak elections and Nawaz sharif in stan.
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            syed maxood
            Aug 21, 2014 at 6:52 am
            yes you make bjp govt in farce election by manuplatign the evm's new mantra of gujjus
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              Siv
              Aug 21, 2014 at 8:24 am
              Interesting picture there - of the Kamal (BJP's symbol as it happens to be). Maniting EVMs is the brainchild of Cong and they won two elections solely on that. BJP doesn't believe in that and neither has it any need for that.
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                Ganga Prasad
                Aug 21, 2014 at 4:37 am
                In coming election in J&K the next CM should be hindu Bhartiya,The question of minority & majority should not be raised.
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                  Raj Kothari
                  Aug 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm
                  Does anybody in India think about common citizens who are suffering from all kinds of shortages ? Why these politicians fight for either a Hindu or Muslim CM ? When will we realize that time has come not to politicize religion and do something good for the people.
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                    madan gupta
                    Aug 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm
                    Wake Hindus or face butcher's knife. Omar has deserted his Hindu wife. It is the BJP which made Abdullahas cabinet minister & CM.
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                      saswath
                      Aug 21, 2014 at 10:22 am
                      koi ush kaabil nikle toh...saare fhakkad neta chunoge toh pm kaise banenge.
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                        saswath
                        Aug 21, 2014 at 10:23 am
                        nope ...they count those large section which has crores of dependent potion and tendency to cry ...will call genuine minority.
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                          saswath
                          Aug 21, 2014 at 10:24 am
                          sikhs are self contained and contributor of economy..how come they count as minority...the minority are those which are burden on society by large and keep crying.
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                            Samar
                            Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 pm
                            Thank God senior Congress Minister raised this issue. Had it been a BJP person, the headlines of this article would scream loaded words.. like Saffron, Hindu Nationalist etc.
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                              Pawar Ajith
                              Aug 21, 2014 at 7:12 am
                              Rahul is haf Christian and half MuslimIndira married MuslimRajeev is Muslim married to Christian.So your argument is justified
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                                Jugal Kishore Sharma
                                Aug 21, 2014 at 3:20 am
                                Vow and commitment are great with you, and also adorn with you. But abolition of Hindus and migrant lives as several parts in India just 3rd grade citizen of Indian.These are far better condition for Muzzafarnagar shelters. ure you CM post but where from Hindus if completely genocide-exodus. Congress is liable for Hindus grade citizen in All over India,Know they are sinking in democracy with vote bank politics and schemes. Reward and gift for always Muslim, first with stan counting myriad by nature Now Sonia Lead's congress.
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                                  sandeep
                                  Aug 21, 2014 at 7:19 am
                                  yes it can surely have..fact a christian was already a super pm for 10 years..
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                                    Patriot
                                    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:39 am
                                    Mentioned clearly, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, and Adani - These looters of the nation will provide huge money to the Political leaders in order to loot the nation.
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                                      Patriot
                                      Aug 21, 2014 at 9:38 am
                                      The day India appoints Muslim as Prime Minister, the same day a Hindu will become Chief Ministry of the state.
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                                        shantanu
                                        Aug 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm
                                        I agree with u..sikhs dalits jains and hindus are d sons of this soil they die for this nation..they helped this gteat nation to grow
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                                          sjbalu
                                          Aug 21, 2014 at 9:23 am
                                          India never had Hindu (Indian Prime Minister by thought and actions) except Shasthi, Morarji (both for short duration), PV Narasimha Rao and Vajpayee.All other PMs of India were Chrisitianized and that is the reason India is a failure. If India had grown and Indians had grown, it is all because of our own efforts and not because of Govt's support. Hope our Editor accepts this.Our Govt's were always thinking of Religion whereas, that is left to an individual. Govt was thinking of protecting minorities. There is no minorities in India. The reason behind is that, be it Muslims, Christians or Sikhs all of them are historically Bharath Deshis except that they adopted another religion. So no need to treat them separately.Whereas, in western countries such as UK or USA, people are of different ethnicity. May be africans, europeans or spanish etc and hence need to provide support.Whereas, In India ethnicity is same. Where is the question of minority? This is only to divide people, Congress and its PMs divided India on those lines and hence people like you who are half educated (sorry for saying this), raising this question.
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                                            sjbalu
                                            Aug 21, 2014 at 9:08 am
                                            Rajiv hi (a Chrisitian Convert), Nehru (a practicisng Christian) had ruled India. Please see here, I have not mentioned Indira ( as she is a Patriot).
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