It was no good but only bad and ugly speeches and remarks in the run up to the second phase of Kashmir polls. Jibes, below-the-belt remarks and curt sarcasm were the bitter flavour of the poll season.
It hit a new low on Sunday when Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone took a dig at chief minister Omar Abdullah during the Handwara rally.
“He (Omar) said ‘Sajjad Lone desecrated masjids for the sake of mandirs’, but he should go and check that mandir in his house is not mine. Most members of the Abdullah family have married in non-Muslim families and by that logic they are neither Muslims and nor have any faith,” visibly angry Lone said.
Lone was fazed by Abdullah’s off the cuff remark just a day ahead, where he called Lone a "RSS stooge".
“BJP and its local stooges, who have abandoned Azadi, is supporting BJP's aim to abrogate Article 370 and inflict damage on our state subject law. If I had been Bilal Lone (Sajjad's elder separatist brother), I would have been scared today,” Abdullah had said.
In response to NC slogan ‘Modi ka jo yaar hair, gadhaar hai (Those who are supporters of Modi are traitors)’, Lone retorted slyly on a TV show: “Pilots ka jo yaar hai, gadhaar hai’
Besides Lone versus Abdullah, it was PDP versus BJP in the war of words, filled with curt and below-the-belt remarks.
The tone for the same was set by prime minister Narendra Modi during his Jammu speeches.
“Corruption, looting and emotional blackmailing has become a habit of politicians in Kashmir. Both the government and opposition don't like me here because I have disrupted their plan for corruption. All the money sent to J-K was collected by two families here,” said Modi, while referring to the Muftis and Abdullahs.
Incensed by Modi’s remarks, Mehbooba retorted: “Even election time rhetoric should be restricted to decent levels and when the Prime Minister of the country speaks he should not allow it to look ridiculous as his comments about PDP in Kishtawar address sounded.”
Under fire from the BJP, the National Conference on Saturday threatened to file a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) against PM Modi for leveling “serious baseless, unsubstantiated and wild allegations against the party”.
“Nobody, including the Prime Minister of India has a right to defame anyone and make wild, unsubstantiated allegations against any individual in the country,” said NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu.