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PDP-BJP tie-up: Deal done long ago, says Omar Abdullah

Awami Itehad Party chief and Independent legislator Engineer Rashid called the alliance “the last nail in the coffin of Kashmiri people”.

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J&K former chief minister Omar Abdullah.

Jammu & Kashmir former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said PDP patron Mufti Sayeed was only pretending that his party and the BJP were having trouble. “The PDP-BJP tie up was a done deal ages ago, all this was just Mufti Sayeed’s grand standing as a tough guy to undo the damage in Valley,” Omar said Friday.

Calling it a new experiment, J&K Pradesh Congress president Saifuddin Soz said, “It remains to be seen how far this coalition will respond to economic, social and political aspirations of people of state.” CPM general secretary and legislator Kulgam Mohammad Yusuf Targami called it an opportunistic alliance meant to share power and hoodwink the electorate. “It will prove to be a marriage of inconvenience,” he said.

Hakeem Yasin, president of the Peoples Democratic Front, said both the parties had arrived at an agreement long ago. “The BJP has always been an anti-Kashmir and a non-secular party,” he said. Awami Itehad Party chief and Independent legislator Engineer Rashid called the alliance “the last nail in the coffin of Kashmiri people”.

‘Alliance doesn’t make a difference to separatists’

As the PDP and the BJP seal the deal for government formation in J&K, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said the BJP being part of the ruling alliance “doesn’t make any difference” to the separatists. “It doesn’t make any difference to us,” Geelani told The Sunday Express. “For us, there is no difference between BJP and PDP or Congress and National Conference or any other pro-India political party. They are all occupiers.” “It (the BJP coming to power) only adds to our responsibility. The only option left with us is to fight,” he added.