Twitter ‘Likes’, Retweets By ‘New Friends’ Trigger Political Speculations    

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SRINAGAR — Political circle in Jammu and Kashmir is abuzz with “likes”, “retweets” and “tweets” of politicians. Between them emerge political permutations and combinations. 

Since the dissolution of the State Assembly on November 21, former chief ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have ‘liked’ each other’s tweets. At times, they retweet the tweets of each other. In fact, Omar and Mehbooba’s friendly Twitter exchange and sending emoji to each other after the dissolution of the Assembly by Governor Satya Pal Malik broke heart of People’s Conference leader Sajad Gani Lone. “Yes,” Lone tweeted, “even I think both of you need each other.”

Few days ago, Mehbooba tweeted about killing of a cop in UP: “Reprehensible and a grave cause of concern that other news outlets have chosen to ignore this story. Good to see you take this head on @Nidhi”. Omar retweeted it. While people were construing Twitter bonhomie between the two leaders as possible alliance between the NC and PDP, seasoned politician Farooq Abdullah intervened to put to rest all such speculations by ruling out any alliance with any party.  

Only Thursday, former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu announced that he has quit from PDP. Drabu didn’t specify which party he is going to join. Some thought he would leave politics all together. Some of his friends hope that he would open some economic consultancy, perhaps they were impressed by his drafting of Agenda of Alliance. But today he ‘liked’ Sajad Gani Lone’s tweet, thus adding to rumours that he might join Lone-led third front. If Drabu retweets Sajad’s tweet in the coming days, people may start speculating that Drabu is going to join the third front. Such is the power of a retweet. Watch his retweets!

Sajad has named Altaf Bukhari in his latest tweet, saying that he has spent good time with him. And Srinagar is abuzz that Bukhari, who is a senior PDP leader, might also be retweeting Sajad’s tweet. Of late Sajad Lone, after the dissolution of the Assembly, is tweeting about the importance of special status Jammu and Kashmir is enjoying and it is being inferred that he is trying to distance himself from the BJP.

However, what surprises the most is the tweet politics of Governor Satya Pal Malik. 

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