Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said that the coming Lok Sabha by-polls present a historic opportunity to fight against the tide of tyranny, majoritarianism and fascism sweeping across the country. Addressing public meetings at Khan Sahib in Budgam and then at Eidgah in Srinagar on Tuesday, Abdullah said that Kashmir’s very survival is at stake against the tyrannical and communal forces that are represented by the BJP and RSS, and their ally, the PDP, in Kashmir.
The public meetings were also addressed by NC working president Omar Abdullah, NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, senior party leaders Mubarak Gul and Mir Saifullah, NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, senior Congress Leader and MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga, NC leader and in charge of Khan Sahib constituency Manzoor Ahmed Wani, and NC senior vice president Yunis Mubarak Gul.
“This is no ordinary election where two parties contest against each other on their particular ideologies. This election is a war of survival between fascism and dignity, between BJP’s cultural and tyrannical onslaught and Kashmir’s collective honour and prestige. We are fighting this battle against forces that have defamed our youth, robbed them of their dignity and eyesight, and attacked our cultural and religious legacy of tolerance and co-existence,” Farooq Abdullah said at the public meetings.
He said the PDP’s alliance with the BJP had brought political suppression and basic liberties of people had been suspended under a “chronic anti-Kashmir agenda” that has been harboured by the RSS ever since 1947.
“These are the same people who have always questioned the state’s special status, its flag, and its very political identity. By aligning with them, PDP has provided them the space to attack us from within and weaken us internally. For this, people can never forgive them,” Abdullah said.
“The fact of the matter is that BJP has three legislators from Kashmir Valley, all thanks to PDP’s support in MLC elections. A party which couldn’t register a basic electoral presence anywhere in Kashmir has been gifted three legislator seats in the Valley by the PDP, under an elaborate plan to provide BJP with organisational and legislative foothold in Kashmir. This is a development of alarming significance,” Abdullah said.
“The future of our children is in peril. We have to ensure their future isn’t one of darkness and servitude under the forces that will leave no stone unturned to suppress, intimidate and vilify us – our faith, our history and our ethos. We owe it to our future generation to rise against this tyranny and fascism,” he said.
In Beerwah, National Conference leaders Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi and MLC Aga Syed Mehmood addressed various public meetings and workers’ conventions where they appealed for unity across society to defeat the “anti-Kashmir” PDP-RSS alliance.
“Kashmir today stands united in its courageous resolve to defeat the PDP-RSS candidates in these by-polls. This is no ordinary elections but a test of our faith, our resolve and our sense of dignity. On the 9th and 12th of this month we will script a glorious chapter in our history by showing the tyrants and communal forces that the people of Kashmir cannot be bought, nor suppressed,” Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said.
“Kashmiris could never be divided and we will never be divided. We are one people, united by suffering, by courage, by faith and by a common shared destiny. Dr Farooq Abdullah is not just an individual candidate in these elections but an ambassador of dignity and courage we will send to New Delhi to warn our enemies,” Aga Syed Mehmood said.
“Our enemies and agents of BJP and RSS will try their best to perpetuate confusion and chaos and will try to divide us along urban-rural and sectarian lines. We will respond to this by staying united with a common goal to defeat this opportunistic alliance,” the leaders said.