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Mehbooba’s threat won’t make a difference as Army is well-prepared, says speaker on Mudda show, all slam her for issuing veiled “threat”

Friday’s edition of Mudda discussed former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement threatening the ruling party at the centre of serious consequences if it tries to split her party.

“If Delhi tries to create divisions within the PDP, just like a Salahuddin and a Yasin Malik were born in 1987, the outcome will be a terrible one,” said Mufti.

Although the BJP and other political parties have criticised Mufti’s comments, a general feeling among parties across the board is that the BJP habitually neglects its regional allies post elections. In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, has announced its decision to fight the 2019 elections on its own, while other satraps like Ram Vilas Paswan, Upendra Kushwaha and Nitish Kumar have also time and again expressed their diverse disappointments.

The show was anchored by Anant Tyagi. Panellists were Congress spokesperson Dr Anoop Patel, Anand Sahu from BJP, defence experts Colonel Fasi Ahmad (retired) and Ramdev Singh, Kashmiri Pandit Amit Raina, Shiv Sena spokesperson Chintu Sheikh and APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju.

The BJP spokesperson responded to Mufti’s remarks saying that the ex-CM is afraid of the schisms within her own party and her stance is one born out of desperation. Asked about the BJP-PDP alliance, he said that the BJP could not do the good work it wanted to only on account of the PDP and so it decided to move out of the alliance, all in the nation’s best interests.

Col Ahmad said that the BJP should now hold back on its “nation first” rhetoric as the BJP-PDP alliance was mocked by everyone right from the start. “As far as Mufti’s veiled threats are concerned, they are not going to make a difference as the Army is well-prepared for any consequences,” he said.

Patel condemned the former J&K CM’s remarks and said that the unfortunate incidents of 1987 would not be repeated as the Indian Army is very efficient. He also called the BJP-PDP alliance an “unholy” one. “The BJP has always allied with separatist elements across the country, be it PDP or the Bodo National Front in Assam,” he said.

Raju gave his own take on contemporary Indian politics saying that today’s BJP is different from the BJP of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s times which had the political maturity of keeping its flock together. “The BJP came into an alliance with PDP only to show that it could also spread to a state like Jammu & Kashmir. The alliance was unnatural and it met its natural fate,” Raju said.

The senior journalist criticised Mufti for her statement. “If you cannot manage to keep your own party united, that does not give you the licence to go around issuing threats to others. This is a direct attack on the security forces of the country,” Raju said.

—Compiled by Lilly Paul

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