Srinagar, Jun 21: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday asked former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister why he was afraid about the BJP trying to form a government in the state through horse trading and petty politics.
“Why is he (Omar Abdullah) so scared? I’m sure his party men are loyal to him. There is no question of horse-trading from our side. We’ve seen what kind of horse-trading happened in Jammu and Kashmir under his party (Jammu and Kashmir National Conference), nobody should forget the history. He (Omar) should think of his own party and numbers, a news agency quoted Madhav as saying .”
Earlier, Omar had called for the dissolution of the state assembly and holding of fresh elections to prevent the BJP from resorting to horse trading to form the next government in the state.
His response came after former Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta said the BJP was “working on something” in connection with the ongoing political scenario in the state.
In response to Congress’s allegations that the BJP destroyed the state “economically, socially and politically”, Madhav called the grand old party “one culprit for an utter deterioration of Jammu and Kashmir”, said a report.
Reacting over senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comment that BJP-PDP formed “an unethical alliance” and betrayed the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Madhav said that “Right from the beginning, whether it was, secessionism, separatism, alienation and militancy these are the root causes due to the wrong policies of the Congress. We tried to clean the mess created by Congress and its alliance partners in the past.”
Earlier, Azad said that three-and-a-half years ago on March 15, there was an unethical alliance formed between BJP and PDP. During the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, BJP abused PDP while doing publicity for itself. And in the Valley, PDP with same intensity accused BJP. However, the two enemies ironically joined hands after the elections.
“While PDP betrayed the people of Kashmir, BJP, on the other hand, betrayed Jammu locals. Most of the recruitments happened during BJP rule. Earlier militants from Jammu and Kashmir were not much educated. However, now for the first time doctors, engineers, MA, Post Graduate and even Ph.D. holders have left their jobs and taken training under different militant organizations. They have destroyed Jammu and Kashmir economically, socially and politically. Now there is only five percent tourism left in the Valley,” he added.