NEW DELHI: The Congress today accused the BJP-PDP alliance of "demolishing" peace in Jammu and Kashmir and said after 49 months of the Modi government, India still does not know what is its policy for the state.
Congress' communications' in-charge Randeep Surjewala alleged that the BJP-PDP alliance was founded on a "simple lust for power" and had ended up pushing the state into an unending cycle of violence and terrorism.
He was responding to former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti remarks that any attempt by the Centre to "engineer" a split in her party will have "extremely dangerous" consequences.
"If there are two people responsible for this -- we can safely say -- one is Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself and second is Mehbooba Mufti," he said.
Surjewala alleged that the unholy alliance had ended up weakening democratic structures, demolishing the peace and eroding the fabric of governance in the state.
The tragedy is that 49 months after the prime minister assumed power, India does not know what is his policy on Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress leader claimed.
"How does he propose to control the terrorists that are sponsored by the dreaded ISI which Modi ji invited for investigation to Pathankot? How does he propose to tackle Pakistan-sponsored terrorism," he asked.
"Whether the policy is of 'Saree-Shawl' diplomacy, whether it is of holding secret parleys in third countries as Modi and his National Security Advisor have been doing, whether the policy is of going uninvited to Pakistan and having feasts at the residence of the then PM and getting Uri and Pathankot as a return gift, the country does not know," he claimed.
Surjewala's remarks came after Mufti today said, "My party is strong, there are differences which can be resolved.
However, if there are any attempts to engineer a split in the PDP like it was done in 1987 to commit robbery on people's vote and to crush the MUF (Muslim United Front), the results will be extremely dangerous."
Mufti resigned as chief minister on June 19 after the BJP pulled out of the coalition with the PDP in the state and withdrew support to her government.