No less than the Union Home Minister calling a political alliance of Jammu and Kashmir as a gang has triggered a war of words not only between PAGD and BJP but also between Congress and BJP over this issue.
In a series of tweets recently, Shah called the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) or the Gupkar Alliance of the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), People’s Conference (PC), Communist Party (CPI-M), Awami National Conference (ANC) and the reluctant Congress a “gang”, accusing it of conspiring with foreign countries to weaken the nation.
It triggered sharp reactions from Jammu and Kashmir especially from two former chief ministers. Omar Abdullah’s response to the home minister was as blunt as the charge. He said he “understands Shah’s frustration because the PAGD decision to contest the forthcoming District Development Council (DDC) election hadn’t gone down well with the BJP”. Mehbooba Mufti reacted by saying that the “gang” remark was “an attempt to divert people’s attention from rising unemployment and economic depression in the country”.
According to the tweets of Omar Abdullah, Amit Shah was briefed that PAGD will boycott the coming DDC and by elections of panchayats and they will be having a free run along with their political cohorts.
BJP will face a lot of opposition in Jammu also as all the parties other than them have joined hands especially to cash on anger generated among the common people in this region that they have been cheated by BJP by allowing outsiders to purchase land without any hassles.