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Kulkarni Attack: Mufti Sayeed Says Politics Of Hate Has No Place In India

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed speaks during an election campaign rally on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Several separatist organizations have jointly appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to boycott the Indian parliamentary elections. Nationwide voting began April 7 and runs through May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of Parliament to be announced four days later. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

SRINAGAR -- Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today condemned the paint smearing attack on ORF chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni, saying politics of hate has no place in a country like India.

"Politics of hate has no place in a country like India. Those who think they can resort to political hooliganism and get away with it are living in a fool's paradise," Sayeed said here.

Terming the attack on Kulkarni as unfortunate, Sayeed said the hawkish attitude of certain fringe elements cannot be allowed to shrink the space for freedom of expression.

Yesterday, Shiv Sena activists smeared black paint on the face of Kulkarni, who is the chairman of think tank Observer Research Foundation, for organising former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book launch in Mumbai.

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