Both NC, PDP lack sincerity, says Er Rasheed

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SRINAGAR: Accusing former chief minsters – Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah – of lacking sincerity and playing with the words, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president Er Rasheed on Tuesday said Mufti’s revelation not to go to Supreme Court against Governor’s decision of dissolution of J&K assembly has unmasked the real intentions behind the “much talked” grand alliance.
In a statement, Rasheed said, “Let NC and PDP not forget that from boycotting panchayat and municipal polls to their claim of forming collation government, their every logic was revolving around protecting Article 35-A and 370. By not taking the government formation to the logical end and entering a secret deal with BJP resulting in dissolution of assembly, the two parties have exposed their fake sincerity towards Article 35-A.”
“Now when Article 35-A hearing is scheduled in January, it will be not a popular government but again the Governor regime there to defend this Article,” he said.
AIP president said by not forming the coalition government, both NC and PDP have missed the chance to represent the aspirations of the state before the Supreme Court and left Article 35-A to the mercy of New Delhi and its “extension wings” in J&K.
“Mehbooba Mufti by claiming that we will go to people’s court rather Supreme Court needs more clarifications and she must tell masses if NC, PDP and Congress are contesting upcoming elections together,” he said.
The independent legislator said the Governor’s latest claim that had he followed New Delhi’s dictates, Sajad Lone would have been the chief minister “has exposed the fact that New Delhi doesn’t (want) flourishing real democracy in J&K”.
“It is obvious that in exchange to surrendering the demand of forming grand alliance, BJP agreed to dissolve assembly, which was otherwise unconstitutional but following secret deal NC and PDP decided not to challenge Governor’s decision,” Rasheed said.
He also expressed surprise over Omr Abdullah’s asking New Delhi that ‘What are Norwegians up to in Kashmir’, saying, “Every Kashmiri should welcome the Track Two Diplomacy as it is the Kashmiris who are the worst sufferers.”
“The major political parties in India will use Omar Abdullah’s statement as evidence against BJP of involving third party mediation to resolve Kashmir dispute, thus giving BJP and excuse to run away from initiating meaningful dialogue between stakeholders,” Rasheed said. “It is strange that Omar Abdullah rather welcoming the efforts of Norwegian government has tried to give ammunition to anti-Kashmiri forces and hawkish elements just to gain sympathy in certain quarters in Delhi.”
It is unfortunate that NC is neither serious, sincere to fight even for restoration of autonomy nor ready to encourage the efforts being carried out by Norwegians and others to get Kashmir issue resolved, Er Rasheed said.