The spar just got uglier now between political parties who once had been allies in a ruling disposition.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), since parting way in Jammu and Kashmir, have been only on lashing terms against each other.
While PDP leader and former CM of the separatist affected state Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned BJP against its overture to effect a vertical split in PDP, BJP on its part accused her of maintaining cordial terms with separatist leaders of the Valley.
PDP President Mehbooba on Friday said the BJP-led central government would end up creating more militants like Syed Salahuddin and Yasin Malik if her party was split to form government in the state.
“All of us know there can be no horse trading unless Delhi (the Centre) wants it. If Delhi tries to break my party, they will be repeating what was done here in 1987,” Mufti told the media here.
“Don’t try to break my party, all you will end up doing is create more Salahuddins (Chief of Hizbul who fought elections in 1987) and Yasin Maliks (JKLF chief who was Salahuddin’s poll agent then),” she thundered.
Asked about the rift in her party as a result of which some of her own party men and MLAs had levelled serious charges against her, Mehbooba said: “There are differences in every party and these can be sorted out within the party.”
Her warning carried a completely different meaning to the BJP. Accusing Mehbooba of hob-nobbing with separatist elements of Kashmir, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mufti with her statement was “trying to give oxygen to terrorists”.
“Knowing or unknowingly she has only exposed her proximity to separatists,” the BJP leadear said.
BJP’s central committee member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, too joined the broadside against Mehbooba, calling her remarks “very bizzare”. He pointed out that Mehbooba has been under tremendous pressure of her own partymen and leaders since the ruling alliance between her party and the BJP fell apart last month.
He said, “Under tremendous pressure from her own party, she is now equating her party with Hizbul Mujahiddin. ”
Former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister and senior state BJP leader Kavinder Gupta , too, joined the ranks, saying, “It is very unfortuantae that she (Mufti) was ruling the state only a few days back as Chief Minister and now she threatens of a terror uprising.”>