Srinagar: National Conference on Thursday accused Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani of having reached an arrangement with the PDP-BJP government to divert public opinion from the Article 35-A issue “by issuing vituperative and misleading statements against National Conference’.
In a statement issued here, National Conference said that “ex-MLA” Geelani should introspect and “stop selling the blood of thousands of Kashmiri youth to curry favours from the current political dispensation as interim relief in the current investigation into questionable and unaccounted financial dealings by his kith and kin – some of whom have been given custom-made, plump postings by the PDP-BJP Government as a price for his silence and biased anti-NC posturing.”
The statement said that Geelani’s role in history has been “that of sabotaging and undermining the heroic and indigenous struggle of the people of Kashmir for their political rights.”
“Rather than personally issuing misleading and obnoxious statements against Sher-e-Kashmir, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah arbitrarily attributed to a group of Hurriyat leaders, Ex-MLA Geelani should introspect and realize that his repeated attempts to bail out the PDP-BJP Government was a great disservice to the people of the State who stand united against concerted attempts being made to rob the State of its political rights and special status at this crucial juncture,” the statement said adding that it was Geelani “who provided cover” to government to extend the GST regime to the State, while during the previous NC government, Geelani threatened an agitation over the issue of imposition of property tax.
“Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s life is a testament to his selfless sacrifices for the political rights of the State and its people and he chose to fight against tyranny and suppression while people like Geelani were members of the Assembly. Geelani’s factually incorrect remarks are nothing new but in line with his continued association with the PDP fuelled by a perennial and personal animosity with those who stood to side with the people of the State rather than succumbing to become tools and agents at the hands of those who want the Kashmir Issue to remain burning and unresolved. Nothing that Geelani says can take away from the struggle and sacrifices of National Conference over the decades”, the statement said.
The NC leaders asked Geelani to clarify why he continued to contest elections post-1953 and especially during the years when National Conference chose to shun electoral politics to fight the illegitimate deposition of a popular, elected Prime Minister and Government.
“If Geelani thinks 1975 accord was treachery, then he is the biggest traitor for validating the erosion of the State’s Autonomy from 1953 to 1975 by being an MLA and contesting candidate during that time when the entire State stood united against these pliant regimes in J&K. Geelani continued to contest elections even after 1975 and did so until 1987. He was the last of the front-row Hurriyat leaders who renounced electoral politics and even opposed this path of resistance in communications with his erstwhile colleagues and was hesitant to resign as MLA”, the NC statement added.