Srinagar: The National Conference Thursday said BJP’s charges against the party is a figment of imagination and is an attempt to polarise Jammu and Kashmir on regional and religious grounds.
Taking a dig at BJP’s jibe alleging that NC is playing a communal card, the spokesman Imran Nabi Dar in a statement said, “Any lecture on pluralism from a party like BJP, whose communal character is known to all, stands no ground and is to be summarily rejected.”
He maintained that the party is not against the migrant community. “The very inception of National Conference was based on secular principles and to accommodate views of different sections of the state. History is witness to the fact how our party has maintained its secular credentials over the decades and has remained progressive to core,” Dar said.
He expressed surprise over BJP giving tickets to ex-militants to contest civic polls in the State, saying when the BJP had opposed the rehabilitation process of militants initiated by Omar Abdullah led government in 2011.
“BJP giving tickets to ex-militants in the ULB elections reveal how two-faced the party is. The same BJP had created a ruckus against mainstreaming of these militants initiated by Omar Abdullah led government,” Dar said.
The spokesman said BJP should give due credit to the then chief minister Omar Abdullah for dolling out a comprehensive surrender and rehabilitation policy of militants which saw an overwhelming response then.
“Unfortunately it’s the same party which discontinued the policy when it came to power in 2014,” the spokesman said adding, “Giving ULB tickets to ex-militants exposes BJPs duplicity and reveals their true character.”