SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Sunday said that National Conference and People’s Democratic Party’s act of converting Kashmir’s political discourse into a Modi versus Rahul Gandhi is aimed to politically divide the Kashmiris as adherents of BJP or Congress and negate their political aspirations.
Addressing a series of election meetings in different parts of north Kashmir, Lone, according to a statement, regretted that the political discourse in the politically distinct state of J & K has finally been converted into a Modi versus Rahul Gandhi discourse.
“The new-found love of both these parties for their political backers in Delhi and the brazen manner in which they are trying to introduce the concept of cronyism is bound to have long term consequences. They want to politically divide the Kashmiris as adherents of BJP or Congress. This is yet another attempt to undermine the supremacy of the political aspirations in Kashmir and thrust upon them an alien political culture,” Lone said.
He said both the PDP and the NC have taken upon themselves to sow seeds of a new type of cronyism. “While the PDP has unofficially decided to act as the chief crony of BJP, the National Conference continues to be the official crony for Congress. Ironically it is a reversal of roles. While (PDP patron) Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) sahib was the face of Congress for decades, the Abdullahs have hip hopped from one political combination to another and were the trusted ‘Muslim comrades’ of Modi during the bloodied Gujarat riots. The same Omar Abdullah who was enjoying all the perks of power as a minister during Modi’s rule is now the chief sermonizer of ills of Modi. And Mufti Sahib sees ray of hope in Modi,” Lone said.
He said the behaviour of these parties is by no means surprising. “They have a history of being means of distortions in the Kashmiri political discourse. And a devious method has yet again been designed wherein the political faces will continue to be the NC and the PDP, but the political content will be dictated by the Congress and the BJP,” he said
Lone expressed hope that the people of Kashmir would understand the ideological indistinctiveness of the two parties in the context of the Kashmir issue.