Mehbooba govt was hurting nationalist sentiments: state BJP
Srinagar: The PDP in its initial reaction said that the BJP has proved that Delhi betrays Kashmir but Kashmir does not betray Delhi. A top PDP leader told Kashmir Reader that there was a perception that Kashmir betrayed Delhi but the PDP had proved that it was Delhi which betrayed Kashmir.
“PDP did not compromise on the core issues and party’s positions over Article 370, Article 35A, and the Raisana girl’s rape and murder case,” he said.
Leader of Opposition and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said of the BJP’s withdrawal from the J&K government: “I wish Mehbooba Mufti had resigned herself… instead of having the rug pulled from under her feet.”
The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) said that PDP and BJP had never been on the same page, which had resulted in deterioration in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
JKPCC President Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that BJP cannot escape the responsibilities of the damage it caused to peace in J&K.
“The unholy alliance between PDP and BJP has caused a lot of damage to the state in every respect. Pulling out from the government will not save the sinking boat of BJP,” Mir said.
Communist Party of India (M) leader and Kulgam MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said that the leadership of both PDP and BJP were answerable to the people for their unprincipled alliance that had ended today, but not before putting the state in a deep crisis.
“Till yesterday, the leadership of PDP and BJP were praising each other like anything. What happened all of a sudden, people want to know. This is an attempt by the BJP to evade responsibilities,” Tarigami said.
He said that the decision of the BJP to withdraw from the government has the potential of creating greater political instability in the state.
“It signifies the total political failure of the BJP’s approach in Jammu & Kashmir. The BJP was party to all decisions of the state government during the past more than three years and hence cannot absolve any responsibility for contributing to a further deterioration in the state and towards deepening the alienation of the people,” Tarigami said.
“The leadership of both the parties were claiming and flaunting that this was an ‘unprecedented’ alliance to provide relief to the people of the state and for strengthening the bonds between different regions of the state. But the reality is that this alliance has deepened the polarisation between Jammu and Kashmir regions and different communities,” he said.
“We had been saying from day one it is an unprincipled alliance which had no ideological or political commonality. The only reason for these two parties to come together was to share and enjoy power,” Tarigami added.
“We are worried that central rule will only compound the current crisis further,” he said.
Chief spokesperson of the J&K BJP, Sunil Sethi, said that the PDP’s insistence on extension of the Ramazan ceasefire and her soft approach towards militants, Pakistan and separatists, were hurting nationalistic sentiments not only in Jammu and Kashmir but across the country.
Sethi said that the BJP has proved to one and all that for it, staying in power is not significant when it comes to national interest.
The party has always maintained the policy of “nation first”, he added.
He said Mehbooba Mufti’s party had underestimated the resolve of the BJP thinking that the PDP will always have its ways in all matters.
A message has been sent to it and all forces inimical to national interest that there is strong resolve of the nation to stay together and be ready for any sacrifice for the unity and integrity of the country, Sethi said.
According to him, now is the time for an all-out war against militants and their supporters.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the BJP had run away after “ruining” the state. “After ruining it, BJP pulls out of Kashmir. Didn’t BJP tell us that demonetisation had broken the back of terrorism in Kashmir? Then what happened?” Kejriwal asked.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Delhi that the BJP had committed a “Himalayan blunder” by forming government with the PDP.
With PTI inputs