Srinagar: The Opposition National Conference (NC) on Monday lashed out at ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its late patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed holding them responsible for selling out self-rule document to (RSS headquarter) Nagpur and sustained erosion of Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy.
The party reacted to PDP’s statement that had questioned the moral authority of the NC to describe restoration of internal autonomy as the viable solution to Kashmir issue.
“The PDP sold its self-rule document to the highest bidders in Nagpur in lieu of power in J&K and had hence lost the right to even talk about the Kashmir Issue,” NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani and party spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said in a joint statement here.
They said that PDP’s patrons and leaders had played an active role in eroding J&K’s autonomy throughout their political careers.
“The PDP should introspect and remember how its patrons and present-day ‘leaders’ were hand-in-glove with New Delhi while Autonomy was being eroded from 1953 to 1975. Late Mufti Sahab was a part of those pliant, surrogate regimes in the state that crawled when asked to bend by New Delhi. He was a part of those state cabinets that approved the dilution of the state’s autonomy while Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and countless NC stalwarts were languishing in jails for their struggle to safeguard the aspirations and interests of the state and its people,” the NC leaders said
The asked the PDP general secretary to answer as to why late Sayeed chose to be an active architect in almost every single political onslaught on the state’s autonomy.
The leaders sought unconditional apology from the PDP leadership to the people of J&K for abandoning its election-time slogans of dual currency, ‘self-rule’, return of power projects and revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
“What happened to PDP’s ‘self-rule’ document? The Party President herself who is now the Chief Minister is on record for having promised that PDP would seek the complete revocation of AFSPA as soon as it came to power. What happened to that demand? They promised they would ensure the return of power projects from NHPC. Then when in power PDP shamelessly voted against a resolution proposed in the Legislative Council by National Conference that sought the return of power projects. They have bartered every single political promise just so that Late Mufti Sahab and then Mehbooba Mufti could sit in the Chief Minister’s chair,” the two NC leaders said.
The NC castigated the PDP leadership for aligning with BJP and stooping low to the extent to denigrating Pakistan to earn brownie points with BJP and Narendra Modi.
“In order to curry political favours for herself from the Prime Minister, the same Mehbooba Mufti ridiculed and denigrated the entire Muslim World and Pakistan in particular by generalizing all Muslim nations as strive-ridden savage societies,” the NC leaders said and ridiculed the Chief Minister for talking about Indo-Pak friendship the next day.
“If Mehbooba Mufti thinks Pakistan is a failed state and has no hope to offer, why is she now asking for Indo-Pak friendship? It seems her speech in Katra had to be vetted by the RSS and now she wants to get in some amount of damage-control to save her party from the wrath of the people. Sadly, the people of J&K have realized that PDP can stoop to any level of lies and melodrama to attain political power and that’s why their complete political rout is inevitable,” the NC leaders added.
The NC leaders mocked at PDP for advising the Electrion Commission to delay by-poll for Anantnag assembly seat. The PDP should focus on which seat they would request their alliance partner to vacate from Jammu for Mehbooba Mufti so that she could gain admission to the Legislative Assembly.
“The PDP is split in half internally and is on the brink of chaos and disarray. The Chief Minister has proven to be a complete failure in dispensing her basic duties as was evident in how she continued to go from the door of one BJP leader to that of another in New Delhi to save her own chair while youth in Handwara and Kupwara lost their lives”, the statement said.