By joining hands with BJP, PDP backstabbed youth: Congress
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By joining hands with BJP, PDP backstabbed youth: Congress

Actively involved in strengthening its base across Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of continuous stalemate over the government formation, State unit of Congress Tuesday said “growing public support to militants and radicalization” of youth is the result of failure of PDP-BJP alliance.

Actively involved in strengthening its base across Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of continuous stalemate over the government formation, State unit of Congress Tuesday said "growing public support to militants and radicalization" of youth is the result of failure of PDP-BJP alliance.

"The previous regime of National Conference-Congress put in its best efforts to bring youth of Kashmir into mainstream and to involve them in various developmental schemes and we succeeded," State Congress chief and the former Tourism Minister, Ghulam Ahmed Mir told Greater Kashmir. 

"We are annoyed to see the growing public support to militants and also the good number of youth joining militancy in Kashmir. The biggest reason for this is the failure of PDP-BJP alliance. PDP first sought votes from people on the pretext of keeping right wing BJP away and people including youth participated in the voting.  By joining hands with the BJP, PDP backstabbed youth."

He said the people of Kashmir didn't accept the alliance from day one. "Youth started feeling alienated and decided to pick up guns. Militancy gained ground once again due to the failure of PDP-BJP alliance and today, we see people openly supporting militants," said Mir.

He said resentment from the Kashmir youth was based on logic. "What will happen when you force young students of Jawahar Lal Nehru University and other varsities of New Delhi to leave the hostels? When you launch a witch-hunt on Kashmiris working in Delhi, what do you except," the Congress chief questioned. 

He said the Congress had been advocating dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir issue since day one. "But when there is no government and anti-youth policies gain momentum, youth would pick up arms and one should not be surprised," Mir said.

On whether the Congress party's support offer to PDP was still valid, he said: "The chapter was closed. We were even ready to stay out of power when the election results were out and when we offered support to PDP. I believe PDP is bound to form government with RSS-backed BJP and they have no option."

He said what would one expect when PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti showers praises on Prime Minister Narendera Modi for visiting Pakistan. "We believe a fixed match is going on between PDP-BJP and there will a government soon," Mir said.

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