Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Thursday said her party will seek an implementable Kashmir policy at the “national level” and also try to fill the “representation gap” for the 20 crore Muslims of India .
“PDP will seek an implementable Kashmir policy at the national level and keeping that in view the present parliamentary elections could prove a turning point in asserting our democratic right.
“While doing so, we will also try to fill the representation gap for the 20 crore Muslims of the country, who have unfortunately been pushed back in the race for development,” she said.
Mehbooba, who is the PDP candidate from Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, was addressing a PDP workers’ meeting in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.
She said the ruling National Conference must share the “failure” of the UPA government to solve the problems of the Muslims of the country.
“NC never raised its voice against any communal riot, as representatives of the only Muslims majority state. It also failed to press the passage of Communal Riots Bill,” Mehbooba said.
She said NC never pressed the UPA for implementation of Sachar Committee report, which had identified the problems facing the Muslim community and listed the biases and discrimination against them.
“NC continued to remain part of the NDA even after the Gujarat massacre and did not sacrifice the minister of state’s job, which Omar Abdullah was holding in then Vajpayee government.
“Not only this, Farooq Abdullah gave a clean chit to (Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra) Modi even before the courts did so,” she added.