“The Gupkar Gang is going global. They want foreign forces to intervene in J&K. The Gupkar Gang also insults India’s tricolour. Do Soniaji and Rahulji support such moves of the Gupkar Gang? They should make their stand crystal clear to the people of India,” Shah said in a series of tweets in what marked a sharpening of BJP’s attack.
The Gupkar Gang is going global! They want foreign forces to intervene in Jammu and Kashmir. The Gupkar Gang also i… https://t.co/hYmBcphoIm
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1605598417000
Shah fired the volley amid signs of discomfiture in Congress over BJP’s attacks, as well as a rethink. Shah, who piloted the move for scrapping J&K’s special status, showed no mercy. Significantly, he also referred to the renewed effort by Pakistan and a section of Kashmiris to lobby foreign capitals against the Modi government’s move to dilute Article 370. Many believe the efforts will gather momentum in the US under a Biden-Harris leadership.
Shah, however, asserted that the campaign would have no consequence. “Indian people will no longer tolerate an unholy ‘global gathbandhan’ against our national interest. Either Gupkar Gang swims along with the national mood or else the people will sink it,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and will always remain an integral part of India. Indian people will no longer toler… https://t.co/sP9FvJMWQr
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1605598429000
He also said restoration of Article 370 to its original form would push J&K back to the era of terror and turmoil. “They want to take away rights of Dalits, women and tribals that we have ensured by removing 370. This is why they’re being rejected by the people everywhere,” he said in a reference to the fact that Article 370 acted as a barrier against extension of laws against dowry, child marriages as well as corruption and for reservation for Scheduled Castes.
Congress and the Gupkar Gang want to take J&K back to the era of terror and turmoil. They want to take away rights… https://t.co/QAomNzMJvi
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1605598424000
This was the third major attack on Congress in the past 24 hours, and was being seen as an indication of BJP’s plan to corner the rival on the issue. A foretaste of what could be in the offing had come when BJP attacked former finance minister P Chidambaram for seeking restoration of Article 370. It ceased fire because Congress kept a safe distance from Chidambaram’s stand. The opposition party’s alliance with parties that are signatories to the Gupkar Declaration has given BJP a fresh opening to resume attack.