Jammu: National Conference on Sunday accused ruling coalition partners PDP and BJP in Jammu and Kashmir of playing opportunistic politics and polarizing the state for electoral gains.
“PDP and BJP are playing opportunistic politics and despite pretending to be ideologically different, they were pulling on together in the government with the common agenda of polarizing the state for electoral gains,” party leader Farooq Abdullah said.
The NC chief said that “growing communal polarization” across the country was undermining India’s secular ethos and rich tradition of pluralism that made Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah align with a “secular” India.
“Frequent and selective targeting of a particular community by fringe elements is further alienating Kashmiri youths from national mainstream as these incidents give a lot of ammunition to forces inimical peace, who exploit the situation,” he said. “India has to grow as a vibrant inclusive and tolerant nation for which religious harmony is imperative…Any untoward incident anywhere across the country is bound to have negative fallout in the Valley where various forces are active to disturb peace,” he said.
No efforts at winning hearts and minds of Kashmiri youths will succeed “as long as believers of communal politics continue to take centrestage and get official patronage”, Abdullah said.