Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference Leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday hit back at Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his remarks on ‘Gupkar Gang’. Mufti said that such a statement has been made to divert attention from the people due to rising unemployment and inflation. Mehbooba said that the BJP’s tactics of dividing India can be gauged by presenting themselves as messiahs and political rivals as enemies of the country.
At the same time, Omar Abdullah said that this is a frustration caused by the political alliance deciding to contest the upcoming civic elections and not leaving open ground for BJP and its allies. On Shah’s tweet, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said, “We are not a gang Amit Shah, we are a legitimate political alliance that has fought elections and will continue to fight and this is what is bothering you.”
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The PDP chief questioned whether even contesting elections in the coalition has now become anti-national. He said that the BJP can do many alliances in its hunger for power, but how are we weakening the national interest by creating a united platform. He tweeted, “Getting rid of old habits is not easy. First the BJP went on to discuss that the crumbling gang threatened India’s sovereignty and now they want to ‘secretly prove us anti-national by gang attacks’. Ironically, the BJP itself publicly violates the Constitution.
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Omar Abdullah said, ‘I can understand the frustration behind this attack by Hon’ble Home Minister. They were told that this coalition is preparing to boycott the election. This would have provided open ground to BJP and newly formed party. We did not fulfill their expectations. ‘ He said that only the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir can be detained for taking part in elections and supporting the democratic process and can be called anti-national.
What did Amit Shah say?
Let me tell you that in a series of tweets Shah has secretly described the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir as gang. After this Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have retaliated. Shah also said that this is a nefarious global alliance against the national interests of the country and questioned whether Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi secretly support the Coalition Manifesto (PAGD). The PAGD was formed recently to demand the restoration of Article 370.
Shah also tweeted in a series of allegations that the Congress and the Guptkar gang want to bring Jammu and Kashmir back to the era of terror and disorder. He asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former President Rahul Gandhi to clear the party’s stance on the steps of PAGD.
The PAGD comprises various parties from Jammu and Kashmir including the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Congress has also joined this alliance. The alliance has sought to restore Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to the erstwhile state.