Politics makes strange bedfellows. Yesterday’s foe is today’s friend and vice-versa.
It was no different in Jammu and Kashmir as National Conference president and veteran politician Dr Farooq Abdullah shared the stage with Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs, Statistics and Programme Implementation and Planning, Rao Inderjit Singh, during the inauguration of the day-long Investors’ Education, Awareness & Protection Conference here at SKICC.
The move comes after the BJP intensified its attack on Dr Abdullah as the saffron party blames dynastic politics for ruining Kashmir.
In the first week of October, BJP general secretary in-charge of Kashmir, Sunil Sharma, said that Dr Abdullah, who is an MP, will be in jail very soon.
Later, the BJP also targeted Dr Abdullah over his controversial ‘local and non-local’ voters’ remark and termed the statement as ‘unfortunate’.
Tarun Chugh, BJP national general secretary, said that no ISI or Afghan terrorist has been made a voter in the region. “Farooq Abdullah’s statement is unfortunate. He, being such a senior leader, refers to non-local and local voters. The Constitution of India gives the right to vote to all citizens,” he had said.
In the second week of October, when a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead in Shopian, Dr Abdullah had lashed out at the BJP over its claims of normalcy post-abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and said the killings would never stop until “justice” is served.
“It (killings) will never stop as long as there is no justice,” he told reporters in a brief interaction when asked about his reaction to the latest target killing of a Kashmiri Pandit in Shopian.
During the inaugural session, the chief guest, Rao Inderjit Singh, and guest of honour, Dr Abdullah, released various major initiatives of the IEPF Authority and Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
On the occasion, Dr Abdullah also spoke on the occasion and thanked IEPFA for organising the conference in Srinagar and hoped that the conference would help to make people aware of the online frauds in J&K.