Recalling the saying of former Prime Minister Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad that nobody is anybody's friend in politics, former union minister Chaman lal Gupta termed the recent statement of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of being "friend and supporter of Omar Abdullah" as absurd.
Commenting on Gandhi's statements, Gupta pointed out vast differences in the political philosophy of National Conference (NC) and that of the Congress.
"While the National Conference take it as Kashmir dispute and want its political solution through the reversal of the integration process to pre-1953 status of the state, Congress; being a national party, can hardly afford to go with such a controversial demand." said Gupta, posing a question to Gandhi's 'support' to Abdullah government.
Launching a scathing attack on Congress, Gupta observed that the present coalition of the Congress-NC is just a marriage of convenience.
Formed without any Common Minimum Programme, both the parties in the coalition had contested last assembly elections with polarising slogans and manifestoes. The results are obvious and bickering between the two partners.
The protests by the village leaders at the political rally of Rahul Gandhi at Jammu the other day, was one of the outcome of the failure of the Congress to keep up to their promises, made all the more obvious due to the outlook of the leadership of the NC.
Gupta recalled that there cannot be a friendship deeper than it was between the founder of NC Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Congress stalwart Jawahar lal Nehru. But it was sad that Sheikh Abdullah faced the longest years of bewilderment during Nehru's era.
He advised both the young leaders, Gandhi and Abdullah, to be realistic in their utterances, lest history repeats itself.