Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Nov 17: Two former chief ministers of J&K – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir reacted sharply to the statement of Union Home Minister Amit Shah that “Gupkar gang” is global and the Indian people will not tolerate any ‘unholy global gathbandhan’ against our national interest.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “BJP’s stale tactic of dividing India by projecting themselves as saviors& political opponents as internal & imagined enemies is far too predictable now. Love jihad, tukdetukde& now Gupkargang dominates the political discourse instead of like rising unemployment & inflation.”
In another tweet she wrote: “Fighting elections in an alliance is also anti-national now. BJP can stitch as many alliances in its hunger for power but somehow we are undermining national interest by putting up a united front.”
“Old habits die hard. Earlier BJPs narrative was that the tukdetukde gang threatened India’s sovereignty & they are now using ‘Gupkar Gang’ euphemism to project us as anti-nationals. Irony died a million deaths since its BJP itself that violates the constitution day in & day out”, Mehbooba tweeted.
Another former chief minister of J&K Omar Abdullah while reacting to Union Home Minister’s statement tweeted: “We are not a ‘gang’ Amit Shah ji, we are a legitimate political alliance having fought & continuing to fight elections, much to your disappointment”.
In another tweet he wrote, “Only in J&K can leaders be detained & called anti-national for participating in elections & supporting the democratic process. The truth is all those who oppose the ideology of the BJP are labelled ‘corrupt & anti-national”.
He added, “I can understand the frustration behind this attack by the Hon’ble Home Minister. He had been briefed that the People’s Alliance was preparing to boycott elections. This would have allowed the BJP &newly formed king’s party a free run in J&K. we didn’t oblige them”.
Meanwhile JKPCC president G A Mir asked Amit Shah to clear his stand on BJP’s alliance with NC &PDP in the past.
“Was Mr. Omar & Mrs. Mufti nationalist or anti-national when you were in coalition with them? You should clear this first Mr Shah”, GA Mir tweeted.
Pertinently seven regional political parties including NC, PDP, ANC, PC, CPI(M) and JKPM formed an alliance on August 4, 2019, a day before New Delhi scrapped Article 370 and 35(A) and split the erstwhile state into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. However soon after the revocation of special status of J&K, authorities placed more than 40 mainstream political leaders into ‘preventive custody’ including three former chief ministers – Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – and kept them in jails for many months.
However soon after the release of three former CMs, a meeting was held wherein all signatories avowed to carry forward its fight for restoration of Article 370 and named the alliance as Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Few days ago Congress also took part in the PAGD meeting held at Dr Farooq’s residence and joined hands with the alliance.
The PAGD last week also took a crucial decision of taking part in upcoming DDC polls which are scheduled to be held in eight phases from November 28 to December 22.