The outcome of the Bihar elections is a wake-up call for Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed “who for the past three months has been singing paeans” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hameed Karra said on Tuesday.
Karra, a Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, also claimed that he was “deeply hurt” over the alleged “public snub of an elected chief minister” (Sayeed) by the PM during his rally at Srinagar on November 7.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah had also accused Modi of “snubbing the CM by saying that he did not require anybody’s advice and analysis on the Kashmir issue immediately after Sayeed’s speech”.
“For the past three months, we have been hearing uncalled for and needless praises of Modi by the PDP leadership. He is being projected as a larger than life personality, bigger than our former prime ministers who have been great leaders,” Karra said.
The leader, who from the beginning had opposed any alliance with the BJP, renewed his call to the PDP leadership to review the party’s ties with the saffron outfit. “I will again knock at their doors and try to wake them up from slumber. They need to face the reality that people of India have joined hands to defeat the fascist forces and the first such signs have come from Bihar,” he said.
Karra also termed the PM’s economic package to Jammu and Kashmir as “political jingoism and mere jugglery of figures”.
Voices of dissent within the PDP over its alliance with the BJP have been growing in the past few months with another senior leader and Lok Sabha MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig also raising a banner of revolt against the leadership.
He recently wrote separate letters to the PM and Sayeed over “rising intolerance” in the country.
“People of J&K now openly accuse us of being agents, in a pre-conceived conspiracy, to further some hidden and dangerous agenda,” he said. Both Karra and Baig had stayed away from the PM’s Srinagar rally.