Claiming that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is dictating terms to PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, former Parliamentarian, Tariq Hamid Karra, who recently joined Congress, on Monday said, PDP has surrendered before the BJP and it (PDP) would "disintegrate" due to its what he called "wrong policies."
"There is total surrender of the PDP before the BJP. The RSS is dictating terms even on the minor issues of governance and its agenda is getting implemented in JK," Karra told reporters here.
Karra, founding member of the PDP, resigned as MP Srinagar and also from the party last year when the 2016 summer unrest in Kashmir was at its peak. He had accused PDP of joining hands with 'fascists' forces (BJP) in total variance to the ideology of the party.
Karra said he didn't leave PDP just for the sake of leaving it but on issues and the biggest issue was the total mishandling of the last year's unrest in Kashmir. "The government handled the situation very badly. Infact it started the bazaar of atrocities. Even young kids were blinded, thousands were arrested and booked under Public Safety Act. It was anti-thesis to the ideology of the party," said Karra.
"During the past 18 months I had made repeated requests to late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and the present Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to say goodbye to BJP to save the PDP as the party is fast losing ground in Kashmir. The alliance was an anti-thesis to the ideology of the party. I failed in saving it. So it's better to jump out of the window when the fire engulfs the home," he said.
Karra had resigned from the PDP September 2016 about one-and-half year after the two parties had cobbled up the alliance.
Karra had accompanied the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in April 2016 when she had submitted letter of support to Governor and claim to form the government with BJP, when the two parties re-stitched their alliance after the death of late chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
"PDP doesn't need any external force for its disintegration as it will get decimated on its own. The way PDP is handling things, it will succumb under its own weight, sins and misdeeds," Karra alleged.
"History will judge the people who didn't leave the party as not having conscience. I resigned as my conscience is still alive," he said. Former MP said there was also an option for him to float another party, but it could have only helped the forces who are active in fragmenting the electorate in the state. "I may have un-intentionally helped such forces so I decided against it," he said.
Karra said the reason for him joining the Congress is that it would never ever join hands with the RSS. "Congress has secular credentials and will not join RSS as for others we have an experience," he said. "Even NC entered into an alliance with the BJP in the past. The NC was in power and kept the alliance even after 2002 Gujarat riots."
Karra said the BJP is dragging the army for political benefits. "Situation won't improve by provocative statements. It's simply an attempt to push the people to wall. It suits them as they are hell bent on polarization," he said.
The Congress leader said it's unfortunate that Army, which is responsible for safe guarding the sovereignty of the nation, is being politicized. "Do you think Hooda was not a general? D you think his integrity was in doubt" he too was appointed by the BJP government," he said. Hooda had retired on Nov 30, 2016.
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