Congress, NC, CPI(M) take potshots at PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu & Kashmir

Taking a swipe at the new People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress today said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during a meeting in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)

Taking a swipe at the new People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress today said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed should be “careful” about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s conversion agenda while National Conference (NC) wondered how ministers of the saffron party, whose idealogue had opposed the state’s Constitution, now owed allegiance to it.

“It was less a swearing-in ceremony, more a national executive committee meeting of the BJP held in Jammu,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

He had said earlier that all decisions of the PDP-BJP alliance would now on be “taken at Nagpur”, where the RSS headquarters is located.

“Since for BJP, it is an era of conversions, the PDP leadership has to be careful lest there is a political conversion from PDP to the BJP,” Azad told PTI after the oath ceremony in which Sayeed and 24 others from PDP and BJP were sworn-in Jammu.

NC working President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took pot-shots at BJP Ministers in the new coalition, saying they swore allegiance to the same Constitution of the state which their ideologue Shyama Prasad Mookerjee died trying to get rid of.

“BJP Ministers swearing allegiance to the same constitution of J&K that Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (sic) died trying to get rid of,” Omar said in a tweet, even as he congratulated the new Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on assuming charge.

Mookerjee, founder of Jan Sangh, had died under detention as he was demanding for full integration of the State of Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian Union on June 23, 1953 opposing the special status for the state.

In a series of messages on Twitter, Omar also mocked at new minister Ashraf Ghani Mir saying with a smiley, “Ashraf was the same person who fired an AK47 to celebrate when he beat me. What the hell will he fire today to celebrate becoming minister”.

The former Chief Minister also underlined at the apparently poor representation of Kargil in the Sayeed Cabinet, saying “Ladakh gets a minister but Kargil doesn’t, while Srinagar gets 3. There will be considerable heartburn in Kargil at this development.”

Terming the PDP-BJP alliance as “an alliance of contradiction”, state Communist Party of India (CPIM) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami said the two parties had “something to hide” as they did not come out with their Common Minimum Programme (CMP) before the swearing-in ceremony, as was promised.

“PDP had said they will seek the opinion of the people on the CMP. But they did not make it public before the ceremony. So people don’t know what they have settled for or their positions on various issues. Therefore, they have something to hide,” Tarigami told PTI.

“Hence, it is also clear that the prime purpose of the two parties to join hands is just to share power,” Tarigami, the lone CPI(M) legislator in J and K, said.

He said how the two parties “manage these contradictions, only time will tell” and added that the PDP and the BJP had taken more than two months to forge the alliance shows that problems exist.

In a tweet, Omar said,”Congratulations to the newly sworn in Ministers of J&K. All good wishes for the discharge of your duties.”

“Congratulations to Mufti Mohd Syed Sb on assuming the office of CM of J&K. I wish you all the very best for your term as CM.”

The alliance which has been termed by Sayeed as “bringing together of North Pole and South Pole” in terms of ideologies was formed the government after 49 days of Governor’s rule.

Reacting to the new Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister’s statement, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the remarks are “most unfortunate and mocks the overwhelming public mandate.”

“With one stroke, PDP-BJP alliance has taken away the credit from people of J and K for participating in the historic polls and from Election Commission and security agencies for conducting them.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP must answer to the nation whether they stand by such unflinching support for Pakistan, Hurriyat and militants,” he asked.

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First published on: 01-03-2015 at 16:42 IST