As Jammu and Kashmir Governor dissolved the Assembly hours after the Peoples Democratic Party staked claim saying it had the support of the National Conference and Congress, the BJP, in series of tweets, called the alliance a coming together of “terror-friendly parties”.
The party, a partner of PDP until a few months ago, supported the Governor’s decision and tweeted, “J&K needs a firm administration to deal with terrorism and not a combination of terror-friendly parties.” In another tweet it asked if “keeping the security scenario of J&K in mind, can it afford horse-trading and instability?” Further, in one more tweet it commented, that “the best option in such a scenario is to go in for a fresh election at the earliest. This Assembly cannot produce a stable government.”
In Jammu, the BJP unit saw Pakistan’s hand behind the Opposition’s moves to have an alliance. Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta said: “It had been on Pakistan’s instructions that the PDP and National Conference earlier decided to boycott the local body elections…now, they are making efforts to forge an alliance for government formation not on their own, but again on directions of Pakistan.’’
The BJP leader, who was also accompanied by BJP state vice president Yudvir Sethi and general secretary Narinder Singh, claimed that some of these people, being backed by Pakistan, recently had meetings in Dubai and London.
Claiming that people in Jammu and Ladakh will oppose these parties as 90 per cent of their support base is only in Kashmir, Gupta said that this move will prove to be “the last nail in their coffin.” Gupta said these parties, rattled by the BJP’s gains in the recent urban local body elections, were coming together to quell an ongoing rebellion in their ranks and to counter their dwindling mass base.
When told that the BJP had formed a coalition government with PDP after 2014 Assembly elections, Gupta said that was on the basis of an agenda of development. However, when the party saw that the PDP wasn’t doing justice with Jammu and Ladakh, when it was providing shelter to stone-pelters and getting cases registered against security forces, the BJP decided to pull out, he said.