New Delhi, 8 Dec Buzzbytes.
In a sharp exchange of words, Opposition leaders have criticized Union Home Minister Amit Shah over his recent remarks, where he called for the return of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) before the 2024 elections. Shah’s statement has sparked controversy, with leaders expressing varying concerns and demands.
National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah expressed disappointment, stating that Shah had initially indicated a date for elections during his speech but failed to provide one. “He said that a date would be given for elections but when the speech was over, no date was given. We regret this. Our demand is that elections should be held,” Abdullah asserted.
Adding to the dissent, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti questioned Shah’s commitment to Kashmiri Pandits, suggesting that if he were genuinely concerned, he should have reserved seats for them instead of nominating individuals. Mufti emphasized the historical representation of Kashmiri Pandits in elections and saw a missed opportunity in not reserving seats for their direct participation.
“If he (Amit Shah) was really serious about Kashmiri Pandits, he would have reserved seats here instead of nomination… Our Kashmiri Pandit people used to win elections from Kashmir… If they were serious about bringing back Kashmiri Pandits then this was a golden opportunity,” Mufti commented.
The political discourse surrounding Shah’s remarks highlights the deep-seated complexities and differing perspectives on electoral processes and the handling of sensitive issues in Jammu and Kashmir. The Opposition’s strong reactions underscore the need for dialogue and consensus-building in the region.