Separatists ask PDP to stay away from BJP

Separatists ask PDP to stay away from BJP

Amid reports that the PDP and the BJP were close to an agreement to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, where Assembly polls threw up a fractured mandate, separatists on Monday subtly asked the regional outfit to stay away from the saffron party.

Subtly opposing the PDP’s alliance with the BJP, hard-line Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani evoked the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state when Muslims were “slaughtered”.

Speaking at a seminar at his uptown Hyderpora residence, he lashed out at PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, saying he was the Union home minister (1989-90) when the Kunanposhpora gang-rape incident took place.

Geelani claimed that the BJP and the RSS were two sides of the same coin, and “no different in terms of ideology and stand”.

He said the BJP's claims of developing Jammu and Kashmir are a “farce”. “It was also unfortunate that some people in Kashmir contested the Assembly polls on a BJP ticket,” said the Hurriyat hawk.

Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq pitched for a strategy to thwart the invasion of right-wing parties in Kashmir.

Speaking at another seminar, he alleged that the BJP was trying to crush the ongoing resistance movement in Kashmir militarily.

“It is the one-step-forward and two-step-backward policy being adopted. The BJP is opposing the AFSPA repeal, and is hell-bent on crushing peoples’ aspirations forcefully, but it should know that at an international level, its case vis-à-vis the Kashmir dispute is much weaker,” he said.

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