FAROOQ ABDULLAH DESTROYING SCOPE OF COMBINED RESISTANCE TO BJP IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR: PDP
Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said that Dr Farooq Abdullah was destroying scope of combined resistance to the designs of BJP and their assault on special position in Jammu and Kashmir.
Senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar said that Dr Farooq is travelling from one state capital to the other to promote a Mahagatbandan (coalition) against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“There he will not make any difference to whether Mahagatbandan becomes a reality or not but where he could offer a joint resistance in the state. Perhaps, under the pressure of his corruption case currently going on at Srinagar court, he is trying to do what suits the BJP and Prime Minister Modi.”
He said that PDP is the only party which has offered democratic resistance to the BJP-led central government consistently, for the interests of State of Jammu and Kashmir, within the constitution of the country.
Akhtar said that PDP president and former chief minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti, resisted every move by the central government in the interest of the state.
Akhtar said: “As head of the coalition government and as chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti resisted every attempt by the central government to make any inroads on the constitutional position of the state. She compelled BJP to announce unilateral ceasefire and prevented NIA to arrest those who dissent. She also freed more than 12 thousand youth who were arrested in stone pelting cases.”
He said that the stand taken by the PDP left BJP with no choice but to run away from coalition.
Akhtar said that Mehbooba Mufti is the only voice who has been consistent in raising voice against the crackdown on innocent people, crackdown on separatists, Jama’at-e-Islami, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on religious bodies and attempts to commit constitutional frauds on the state.
“Compared to this, Dr Farooq Abdullah has been swinging like a pendulum. Only three months back, he was ready to join a coalition with the PDP and today he is maligning the party, levelling false and fabricated charges against us,” the PDP leader said.
Akhtar said that the coalition was dictated by the numbers and by election results in which both the parties were at par. He said forming coalition was a brave attempt to engage with the new India which was dominated by the Hindutva forces.
He said: “PDP successfully resisted for four years. What havoc it would have caused to the state, if left alone. It has now become visible that how the BJP is trying to divide the state, divide communities and dis-empower the people of the state, launching onslaught on newspapers and other media and with ultimate aim of doing away with the special position.”
He said that there was no BJP in 1996 when Dr Farooq Abdullah with sixty MLAs aligned unnecessarily with them only to accommodate his son as a minister.
Akhtar said: “He gave away whatever was left of state’s economic prospects in the shape of power projects to the centre. It is Dr Farooq Abdullah who consolidated forces of official terror and patronised and promoted them while making BJP Halaal in Kashmir politics.”
He said that after the state acceded to India, no party or ideology needs a visa or a passport to enter the state as that road was opened with the accession itself.
Akhtar added that PDP believes in fighting those ideologies politically rather than by compromising on the state’s interests as National Conference has done right from 1938.