The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday described the end of alliance between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir as ‘very unfortunate’ and said it would lead to imposition of governor’s rule and it is a prelude to ‘more repression.’
“This is a very unfortunate step which will lead to imposition of Governor’s rule. I am of the opinion that this is a prelude to more greater repression,” he told reporters in Hyderabad.
The Hyderabad MP charged that PDP and BJP had an agenda of alliance but not a single move was made to implement it.
“BJP, as a partner in government, made no serious attempt for a dialogue either by indicating a bare outline of their agenda. Though they had an agenda of alliance which both the parties agreed to, not a single step was taken to fulfilnwhat was promised in their agenda of alliance,” he said.
Owaisi said that he felt sorry for the residents of Kashmir and not for PDP which ‘brought upon this great political disaster for itself’.
“The PDP said and the BJP also agreed that this is an alliance between north pole and south pole. The people of the nation wants to know what happened to this so-called meeting of north pole and south pole,” he said.
Bashing the BJP, he added that the party cannot run away from ‘failure’ to provide governance and stopping cross-border terrorism and attacks on army camps.
Owaisi said that he felt the BJP took the early decision to pull out as they knew it was losing ground in Jammu.
The AIMIM chief said the BJP would have to explain to the people why it was announced in a rush and called off, while replying to query on ceasefire.
Asked whether he stood with the government on the issue of ceasefire and whether it should be extended, the MP said he was with the people of the country and Kashmir.
He also said the BJP cannot blame the PDP for alleged non-performance.
“His (BJP general secretary Ram Madhav) own party ministers and deputy CM were there. BJP cannot hide behind or cannot put forward this cowardly defence that our partner was not listening to us...,” he said.
On Madhav’s reported comments that his party was forced to pull out of the coalition because internal security was being compromised, Owaisi claimed the “BJP is running away” as all operations were conducted with the consent of the Centre.
Describing the recent killing of journalist Shujaat Bukhari as a “monumental tragedy”, he said it was being ”exploited to fulfil a policy which was started two years ago”.
(With inputs from agencies)