- Says PDP-BJP coalition subsists on ‘rhetorical symbolism’
Srinagar: In yet another barb aimed at his party, senior PDP leader and Member of Parliament Tariq Hamid Karra said on Saturday the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has been able to make inroads into Kashmir only because of the PDP-BJP coalition.
In this statement, Karra has echoed the opposition National Conference and Congress and some independent legislators who have been accusing the PDP of facilitating the Hindu rightwing in spreading its sphere of influence to the Valley, although it had sought votes during assembly elections only to “keep BJP away”.
Like Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, who is one of the founding members of the PDP, Karra has become a vocal critic of the party during the past few months. It has been learnt that both leaders, who are MPs, have been ‘sidelined’ by party members like Naeem Akhtar and Haseeb Drabu.
Karra told KNS that the alliance with BJP has proved detrimental not only for PDP’s interests but the interest of the state too.
“If we do an honest appraisal of this government’s six month tenure, nothing seems to be happening on the ground on political, economic and developmental fronts. There seems to be more of rhetorical symbolism in this government’s functioning than any tangible delivery on ground,” Karra told KNS.
Karra had expressed a similar critique of the coalition government in an interview with an Indian newspaper, KNS said.
He added that “an inherent bias against Kashmir that exists at various levels of New Delhi establishment” was responsible for the delay in the promised financial package for the flood hit people of Kashmir.
“If New Delhi can reach out to the people affected by natural calamities in Uttarakhand and Nepal with hefty relief and rehabilitation package, what is preventing it from doing so in Kashmir? It seems to be only because of an inherent bias at various levels in New Delhi establishment,” Karra told KNS.
Karra, who is a member of the PDP-BJP coalition coordination committee has not attended any of its meetings so far, saying he was “not part of the arrangement either before the formation of the alliance or afterwards”.