Kashmir Celebrates Bihar Victory
A happy alliance?
SRINAGAR: Amid celebrations over the verdict in Bihar assembly elections, the opposition National Conference and Congress as well as the netizens in J&K warned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to assess its alliance with the BJP.
The National Conference, the largest opposition party, said the results in Bihar, where the politics of polarisation pursued by the right wing party during election campaigning, was trampled under the "Mahaghatbandan" of Congress, RJD and JD (U), is a clear writing on the wall for the PDP.
“The PDP committed a blunder by allying with the right wing party which is working against interests of minority in our country. The Bihar verdict shows that those who are supporting communal forces are on the wrong side,” NC’s General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar, said.
Earlier, NC's working president and former J&K Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, congratulated Nitish Kumar on Twitter. “Heartiest congratulations on a well-deserved victory @NitishKumar sahib. Your victory will prove critical for the nation in the days ahead," Omar tweeted.
Netizens in the Valley too used the defeat of BJP to celebrate the triumph of 'secularism' over "communal" and "fascist" forces in Bihar, while others took jibes at the PDP for allying with the BJP after the J&K assembly election results were declared last year.
"Now don't think that NC-PDP coalition could have been possible here like the RJD-JDU one that is going to be in Bihar. Nitish-Laloo, however, individually even, are far better than Abdullah-Mufti characters put together. Ours would even shamelessly sell our bones to keep the pot boiling for New Delhi," Shahnaz Bashir, who teaches at the Central University of Kashmir, wrote on Facebook, referring to Omar's offer of support to the J&K chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed before the PDP formalised its alliance with BJP in March this year.
"What the Mahaghatbandan win in the Bihar elections has reconfirmed is that old maxim: 'All politics is local.' What the PDP believed after the J&K elections is that all politics is Delhi-centric. Time to return to Politics 101!," Siddiq Wahid, a policy analyst and former vice-chancellor of the Wakf-owned Islamic University, said.
Reports said students from Bihar, who are enrolled in different colleges of capital Srinagar, celebrated the victory on Sunday as well as some labourers in a south Kashmir area, by distributing sweets among the locals.
There was also a debate that Bihari, as a 'derogatory' and 'racist' word, should be henceforth seen as a compliment, given the maturity shown by the electorate of Bihar. "Today my respect for Biharis have grown and henceforth if someone calls me Bihari in Kashmir given my dark complexion won't feel offended," journalist Naseer Ganai tweeted.
J&K Congress chief, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, said that people of Bihar have responded to communal agenda of BJP with ballot. "The verdict is open message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team that there is no room for intolerance and communal frenzy in a country known for its secular character since decades," he said.
"The victory of the Mahagatbandhan in Bihar is a verdict against wrong and communal policies of BJP," he said, while greeting the leaders of Mahagatbandhan for the victory.