‘Those who oppose the ideology of the BJP are labeled as corrupt and anti-national’: Omar Abdullah
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday criticized Union Interior Minister Amit Shah for calling the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) ‘Gupkar Gang’. He said that anyone who opposes the ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is labeled as corrupt and anti-national.
“We are not a ‘gang’ Amit Shah ji, we are a legitimate political alliance who have fought and continue to fight against the elections, much to his disappointment,” Omar said on Twitter.
In a series of tweets, Shah on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the newly formed PAGD by saying that either the alliance suits the national mood or the people will sink it. The Home Secretary had accused the alliance of insulting the Tricolor of India and that it was trying to bring back the era of terror and unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Only at J&K can leaders be arrested and called anti-nationals for participating in elections and supporting the democratic process. The truth is that all those who oppose the ideology of the BJP are labeled “corrupt and anti-national,” Omar, also a vice president of the National Conference, said in a subsequent tweet.
Omar said that BJP’s failed agenda of having a free run in the upcoming local body elections in the state is the root cause of the frustration behind Shah’s comments. “I can understand the frustration behind this attack from the Honorable Minister of the Interior. He was informed that the Popular Alliance was preparing to boycott the elections. This would have allowed the BJP and the newly formed King’s Party to run free at J&K. We didn’t do them the favor, “added Omar.
Not just Omar, but Shah’s recent comments on the alliance were not well received by the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, who also reacted harshly.
“Old habits die hard. The previous BJP narrative was that the tukde tukde gang threatened India’s sovereignty and now they are using the euphemism of ‘Gupkar Gang’ to project us as anti-nationals. Irony died a million deaths from his own BJP violating the constitution day after day, ”said Mufti.