NC exploiting sentiments of youth for political interests: LJP

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Thursday accused National Conference of “exploiting the sentiments of youth for vested political interests.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Thursday accused National Conference of "exploiting the sentiments of youth for vested political interests."

Addressing media persons, LJP National Youth President, Sanjay Saraf said "Dr Farooq Abdullah wished to throw separatist leaders in river Jhelum when his son (Omar Abdullah) was a cabinet minister in Vajpayee led government. He sent stone pelters in jails and introduced POTA in Kashmir. Now in opposition, he wants others to withdraw the autocratic rules which were introduced by him," Saraf said.

"He (Dr Farooq) is now supporting stone pelting and terming it a way to fight for Azaadi (Freedom). Will NC legalize stone pelting if it comes to power? Why has he failed to legalize it when his party was in power," he asked.

He said that history of Kashmir is evident that "it was NC that started exploitation of local youth, forced Syed Sallahudin to run to Pakistan administered Kashmir (PoK) and pushed youth to take arms."

"We reiterate that Kashmir is the political issue and can be resolved politically. But for NC, the issue is nothing but only how to attain power. This party loves to be on chair at any cost. They can see youth dying on roads, economy shattering and situation going from bad to worse to remain or attain power," he said.

He added that "NC has dual languages, one for power and another as opposition party."

Terming Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah as one of the great leaders in the history of Kashmir, Saraf said that "both senior and junior Abdullah are eroding the legacy of Sheikh."

"Sheikh Sahab put efforts and encouraged Muslims to attain education. He wanted to see every Muslim as educated to have peaceful and dignified life. Now, his heirs are supporting stone pelting and arson, thereby, eroding legacy of late Abdullah," he said.

Saraf said that dialogue is only way out to resolve all issues, adding, "It is time for civil society to come forward and not allow any mainstream political party to exploit youth."

Saraf accused "some local mainstream political parties" for creating undesirable atmosphere in Kashmir for their own political gains.

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