Ram Madhav Takes Back Pakistan Barb After Omar Abdullah’s Dare Madhav had insinuated that the PDP and NC had come together “on instructions from across the border”


BHARATIYA JANATA Party leader and Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Ram Madhav has taken back a comment in which he had alleged that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) had come together to form the government “on instructions from across the border”.

This was after a tweet exchange between him and NC leader Omar Abdullah in which Abdullah dared Madhav to prove his allegation.

Madhav was reacting to the dissolution of the state assembly late on Wednesday night by state Governor Satya Pal Malik and had said that the coming together of the parties at the behest of Pakistan had prompted the Governor to look into the whole issue.

This prompted Abdullah to dare Madhav to prove his allegation, even saying that with the IB and RAW at his disposal, Madhav should place evidence in the public domain.

Ram Madhav then reacted on Twitter by saying “Not questioning your patriotism at all. But d sudden love between NC n PDP n d hurry to form government leads to many suspicions n political comments”.

He even said “not to offend you” and then posted a smiley.

Omar Abdullah responded by saying “You have claimed my party has been acting at the behest of Pakistan. I dare you to prove it!”.

This Twitter exchange was followed by a press conference by Abdullah in Srinagar in which he reiterated his challenge to Madhav.

“He must apologise,” Abdullah said.

Soon after, Madhav tweeted his response in which he took back his comment. “Now that you deny any external pressure, I take back my comment”, he said but also commented that since the two parties had come together to stake claim, they should now fight the elections as allies, too.

The tweet exchange came after Governor Malik dissolved the state assembly late on Wednesday, a move that will likely see fresh elections in the state amongst escalating violence.

The decision of the Governor came after two alliances reached out to the Governor within minutes of each other for a shot at power with both the BJP-led alliance and a coalition of the PDP, NC and the Congress Party saying they would like to meet the Governor and stake their claim.

On Thursday, Governor Malik justified his decision in an interview to news agency ANI. He said that he had been receiving complaints the past 15 days of horse-trading and that MLAs are being threatened.

“Mehbooba Ji herself complained that her MLAs are being threatened. The other party said there is planning of distribution of money. I couldn’t have allowed this to happen,” Malik said.

The state has been under President’s rule since June 19 and has seen violence escalating in the past few months.

The BJP welcomed the Governor’s move to dissolve the state assembly with BJP’s Madhav calling Mehbooba Mufti’s move to stake claim a drama.

“In letter, she never claimed that she will form the govt, she said I’ll come & see you & stake the claim. It was all a drama,” he told ANI.

The NC, PDP and the Congress party condemned the Governor’s move, going as far as calling it a “murder of democracy”.

Reacting to the swift decision of the Governor, Abdullah tweeted “It can’t be a coincidence that within minutes of Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba letter staking claim the order to dissolve the assembly suddenly appears”.

Some analysts are calling the move of the PDP, NC and the Congress to stake claim a masterstroke in forcing the Governor’s hand to dissolve the assembly.

This not only stopped Sajjad Lone and the BJP from a shot at power but also gave them a chance to face elections, a demand they had been making for the past few months.

#JammuAndKashmir: AS IT HAPPENED

Mehbooba Mufti’s Letter

Sajjad Lone’s Letter

The Governor’s Letter

Omar Abdullah Reacts

Mehbooba Mufti Reacts




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