New Delhi rigged 2002 elections: Kamal

Hits out at Azad; Rules out pre-poll alliance with Cong


Jammu, May 14: Alleging that the assembly elections in 2002 were rigged to create a space for Peoples Democratic Party, the ruling National Conference has accused New Delhi and security agencies of hatching a conspiracy to weaken the party base in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Strong National Conference has always been a threat to New Delhi and conspiracies were hatched to weaken it in the state and crate an alternative party”, the party’s General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal told Greater Kashmir over phone from Srinagar on Tuesday.
He claimed that “under a well planned conspiracy” the union government and security agencies rigged the assembly elections in 2002, enabling PDP to form government in alliance with Congress in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The PDP now creates hue and cry and has been demanding free and fair elections whereas the fact remains that it managed to form government only because elections were rigged in 2002”, he said adding, “The then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee indicated this in advance when he said that union government will ensure free and fair elections in J&K”.
“They weakened us from our strong holds, including South Kashmir and Chenab Valley of Jammu region”, Kamal said adding, “We have revived our grounds now at most of the places and the recent outcome of the Panchayat elections and subsequent polls for the Legislative Council is an answer to such forces which are working against our party”.
The NC leader even targeted union minister and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for his repeated visits to the state and active participation in the political affairs. “He (Azad) was nowhere since past 30 years when NC was fighting against all odds in the state. He has started focusing in Jammu and Kashmir during past 10 years”, he said adding that “He (Azad) has been projecting himself as true representative of the people of Chenab Valley and at the same time he has ensured that no one from NC is allowed to work at the ground level in the region”. “Our leaders are being threatened and harassed. Some have lost their lives in Chenab Valley while others were forced to migrate”, he claimed adding, “This was part of the conspiracy to wipe out the party from the ground”.
The NC general secretary said that his party has always fought political battles in the state on its own and “there is no question of entering into any kind of pre-poll alliance with Congress ahead of 2014 assembly elections”.
“We entered into an alliance with Congress after 2008 only because of political compulsions. We have no relations with his party or its leadership as such we will contest the next elections on our own”, he added.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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