Srinagar: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said the upcoming parliament bypolls were important battles that would “define and measure the strength of our people in resisting the tyrannical onslaught of the BJP and the RSS in J&K”.
“This is an important battle and will test our resolve and our integrity. It is vital to defeat RSS and its local affiliates who have always harboured an ambition to subvert the state’s political rights and special status”, Abdullah said while addressing party activists at Nawa-e-Subha in Srinagar today.
Addressing the gathering that marked the start of the party’s campaign for the by-elections to the Srinagar and Anatnag Lok Sabha seats, Abdullah said the bypolls present a vital opportunity for both the people of the state as a whole as well as National Conference to valiantly defend the State “from those who have propped up their Trojan horses among our ranks with an aim to fragment our State on the basis of region and religion.”
“Make no mistake about the fact that PDP is BJP and BJP is PDP. Their candidates for these by-polls are in fact the proxy candidates of the BJP and the RSS and come with their blessings and support from the highest levels. Their loyalty lies with those forces that want to use policies of division and divisiveness to further their agenda in the State. PDP has no qualms in being a part of this plan as long as it translates into the personal political empowerment of those who lead the party”, Abdullah said.
Addressing the gathering, National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah said PDP had brought nothing to the Valley other than bloodshed, strife and oppression.
“Today we get to see a new neo-liberal, ‘realistic’ and ‘blunt’ Mehbooba Mufti who blames our young children for their own deaths and has no hesitation in mocking and ridiculing their families rather than consoling them and apologizing to them. Today Mehbooba Ji doesn’t talk of AFSPA revocation, ‘Self-Rule’, demilitarization, Indo-Pak dialogue, talks with Hurriyat and opening of additional routes along the Line of Control,” Omar said.
He said that PDP’s performance on the governance and development front was equally disappointing as “the State was witnessing one of the worst periods of governance and development deficit in recent times.”