National Conference on Thursday expressed concern over "deteriorating" situation in south Kashmir.
"The primary objective of the current dispensation in the state must be restoration of a sense of safety and dignity in the people across the state. That will be the biggest CBM and will inevitably send a message of reconciliation across the length and breadth of state particularly in south Kashmir" NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said while addressing a delegation of prominent citizens from Redwani in Kulgam at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah here.
"Omar Abdullah led government had employed a conciliatory approach, while dealing with militancy. The foot prints of armed installations were decreased at many places including Srinagar," Sagar as said, adding: "However when PDP led government assumed power, all those measures took a back seat and the state went into an abyss of chaos and violence".
Local body polls 'futile' exercise
Meanwhile, National Conference youth provincial vice president Kashmir Ahsan Pardesi on Thursday castigated authorities for holding urban local body polls.
In a statement, Pardesi said it was not right time for conducting polls in the state as there are doubts over safeguard of Article 35-A. "By holding polls without participation of main political parties, instead of strengthening democratic institutions central government is sowing seeds of anger among masses. This election exercise is nothing more than satisfying egos of few people," he said.
BJP's communal character known to all
National Conference spokesman Imran Nabi Dar on Thursday said that BJP's communal character is known to all.
In a statement, NC spokesperson Dar said: "The very inception of National Conference was based on secular principles and to accommodate views of different sections of the state. History is witness to the fact how our party has maintained its secular credentials over the decades and has remained progressive to core."
He said: "Any lecture on pluralism from a party like BJP, whose communal character is known to all, stands no ground and is to be summarily rejected".
He also expressed his surprise over the way BJP is giving tickets to ex-militants in the ongoing urban local body polls. "BJP giving tickets to ex-militants in the ULB elections reveal how two-faced the party is. The same BJP had created a ruckus against mainstreaming of these militants initiated by Omar Abdullah led government," he said.