Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday hit out at the National Conference (NC) for what it called shedding crocodile tears in the name of erosion of Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir. The ruling party said it was the NC which is responsible for systematic and basic erosion of the special status of the state since 1956”.
Legislator and PDP leader Firdous Tak in a statement said that NC and its leadership was trying to create confusion among the masses by resorting to hollow rhetoric primary focusing on creating unrest in the state.
Reacting sharply to the statement of former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather the PDP legislator said those who are primarily responsible for the erosion of political and financial autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir are today projecting themselves as `saviours of Kashmir’. “We don’t need a lesson on autonomy and Article 370 from the very NC leadership, which had been responsible for basic erosion of special status of J&K enshrined under Article 370 from 1956 to till date”, he said.
“The NC has been shedding crocodile tears to save itself treachery and deceit it committed with the people of Jammu and Kashmir during the past six decades. Whether it was 1975 Sheikh-Indra or 1986 Farooq-Rajiv Gandhi accord, the NC not only fiddled with the political and financial autonomy of the State but also trampled the unique identity of Jammu and Kashmir. The history is testimony to it,” the PDP leader said adding that the present dispensation is not committed to safeguard the special status of the state just because the opposition is insisting for it but “because the special status is an article of faith for us”.