Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the “Gupkar gang” and called out Congress leaders Rahul and Sonia Gandhi for their support to the alliance. For the uninitiated, People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) is a coalition of political parties seeking to reinstate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir which was abolished last year.
Lashing out at the alliance by referring to them as a “gang,” Shah alleged that the signatory parties which include Indian national Congress are trying to bring outside intervention to Kashmir.
“The Gupkar Gang is going global! They want foreign forces to intervene in Jammu and Kashmir. The Gupkar Gang also insults India’s Tricolour. Do Sonia Ji and Rahul Ji support such moves of the Gupkar Gang? They should make their stand crystal clear to the people of India,” Shah tweeted.
The Home Minister did not stop here however. He further went on to write, “Congress and the Gupkar Gang want to take J&K back to the era of terror and turmoil. They want to take away rights of Dalits, women and tribals that we have ensured by removing Article 370. This is why they’re being rejected by the people everywhere.”
“Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and will always remain an integral part of India. Indian people will no longer tolerate an unholy ‘global gathbandhan’ against our national interest. Either the Gupkar Gang swims along with the national mood or else the people will sink it,” Shah further added.
Meanwhile, leaders of Gupkar Declaration, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have reacted to Shah’s remarks.
Mufti accused the BJP of using “euphemism” and “stale tactic”, while Abdullah pointed to the “frustration” of the minister at the Jammu and Kashmir alliance’s decision to contest elections.
Taking to Twitter, Abdullah said, “I can understand the frustration behind this attack by the Hon’ble Home Minister. He had been briefed that the People’s Alliance was preparing to boycott elections. This would have allowed the BJP and newly formed King’s party a free run in J-K. We didn’t oblige them.”
“Only in J-K can leaders be detained and called anti-national for participating in elections and supporting the democratic process. The truth is all those who oppose the ideology of the BJP are labelled “corrupt and anti-national,” he added.
Abdullah said that Gupkar alliance is not a gang. “We are not a “gang” Amit Shah ji, we are a legitimate political alliance having fought and continuing to fight elections, much to your disappointment,” he said.