SRINAGAR: People Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said National Conference (NC) remembers ‘autonomy’ only during “rainy days”.
In a statement issued here, PDP general secretary, Sartaj Madni, said when NC is out of power, its leaders start talking about autonomy and friendship with Pakistan, but while in power, “they scream about bombing Pakistan and getting PaK back”.
“Even between 2009 and 2014, when NC was in power as a constituent of UPA, the party never raised the issue of autonomy. As the party is out of power today, its party leaders again started raising the depleted slogans of autonomy to befool the people. Such deceitful politics by NC has now become outdated and hard to sell with the emancipated people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Madni said.
He said if NC leaders had been sincere in their claims regarding autonomy, it would have been restored long time ago.
“History is witness that instead of working sincerely for restoration of autonomy, NC leaders have time and again traded J&K’s political and economic interests for power,” he said.
“Right from Indira-Abdullah accord of 1975 through Rajiv-Farooq and Omar-Rahul pacts, NC has bartered not only the state’s political and economic interests for power but its natural and water resources as well. While NC used Azadi, Raishumari, Rawalpindi Road and Autonomy in the past with good political dividends for itself, these slogans have no buyers now in the changed circumstances in J&K,” he said.
Madni said PDP has been able to “inspire confidence” among a majority of the people in all the regions of the state about its ability to solve the multiple problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir on political, economic, administrative, and financial fronts. “Whether it is in or out of power, PDP has been working on its agenda of political resolution, good governance, and employment generation to convert J&K into a real welfare state,” he said.
PDP general secretary said one of the major contributions of his party is that it introduced an element of accountability and political audit in the state. “The people now have a clear choice on the basis of performance from among the parties who are in the field to seek their mandate,” he said.