People rejected ‘Mandir-Masjid politics’ tweeted former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti referring to the loss of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the assembly polls in five states.
She in her tweet stated “Clearly, the mood of the nation rejects the brazen attempts of polarizing the society, rejects those who promise in words but plot in action, rejects those furthering their politics by pitting the people of one community against the other”.
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Rising Kashmir quoted National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah saying “Using the name of ‘Ram’ for winning elections has collapsed BJP. People have rejected Mandir-Masjid politics and upheld secular politics in the country.”
He said that for four years they didn’t remember a temple to be built in the name of ‘Ram’ but in election time they remember ‘Ram’.
“People have voted against betrayal of promises, be it GST, demonetization or any other policy decision taken during the last four years”, said Mr. Abdullah.
The ruling party’s failure began with the fallout with PDP in June this year followed by the continuous human rights violations in the valley. To add to that, suggestion by Beijing’s envoy to New Delhi, Luo Zhaohui, for trilateral talks between China, India and Pakistan was the salt-rubbed into BJP’s wounds as it had held Kashmir close to heart away from the eyes and voices of the international community.
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Kashmir has clearly rejected the BJP governance even when the ruling party was in coalition with the regional PDP. The party’s aggressive Kashmir policy further alienated the Valley.
Now, with the victory of the Congress, BJP is slowly awakening, but still very much holds tight onto the Mandir-Masjid politics and continues to polarize the communities.
It is not entirely ruled out from winning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. There must be something up its sleeve, most probably, the Ram Temple ordinance.