Srinagar: Senior PDP leader and cabinet minister Naeem Akhtar told media persons on Friday that the National Conference and the Congress were the main reasons why Jammu and Kashmir was in a mess. “The alliance has always brought miseries to the people. History is testimony to the fact that the coalition of these two parties has never done any good for the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Akhtar told reporters after a meeting held at the party headquarters under the chairmanship of minister and senior PDP leader Imran Raza Ansari.
“If we feel that we are disempowered today, it is because of their politics and policies. These two parties and their leadership are the real architects of this mess,” Akhtar said, adding that the two always come together for the sake of power. “Whenever they formed an alliance, they brought miseries and added to the sufferings of the people,” he said. “In 1987, the two parties fought the elections together and we are still facing the brunt of it.”
“The Abdullahs are known for their doublespeak. They oppose dialogue with Pakistan and instead advocate war when in power, but bracket themselves with the separatists when they sit in the opposition,” Akhtar said, adding, “They raise slogans of ‘Plebiscite’ and ‘Autonomy’ when they are out of power, but as a political trump card to exploit public sentiments.”
Akhtar said that the NC and Congress are part of the problems of Jammu and Kashmir. “They are the real problem that Jammu and Kashmir has been ailing with,” Akhtar said. “Now they have joined hands again. The electorate is wise enough to understand the political duplicity of the two parties. The PDP candidates will win both the constituencies with thumping majority.”
Akhtar said that the leaders of NC and Congress have understood that they cannot stand alone against the Peoples Democratic Party. “The two parties are down and out. They are just trying to hoodwink people with their political drama. They are fighting a battle for their survival,” he said.
Akhtar said that the coming by-election was not the first time that Farooq Abdullah was seeking a mandate from the Srinagar parliamentary constituency. “In fact, Dr Farooq and his son Omar have made their political debut from this constituency and used it as a stepping stone for getting ministerial berths in New Delhi. I will be happy to learn if the duo can pinpoint a single major intervention they have made in this parliamentary segment,” he said.
Responding to a question, Akhtar said, “The moral stand that Dr Farooq Abdullah is trying to take on Kashmir today doesn’t stand anywhere because whatever problems Jammu and Kashmir is facing today is the outcome of his party and the Congress’ governance of the state for the better part of the past 60 years.”
Akhtar said that the 2016 unrest was the result of the policies of the Omar Abdullah government. “The present unrest among the masses is the outcome of the policies and programmes that the two parties followed during their six years of governance since 2008, reversing all the achievements made by the PDP-led government,” Akhtar said.