Taking a dig at Congress for participating in the forthcoming panchayat and municipal polls, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir on Wednesday said the party has thoughtfully decided to stay away from the polls.
"Participation of Congress will not matter to the PDP politically, however it is shameful and at the same time surprising that the party has exhibited a decision that is against the will of the people," he said.
He said, "Congress has been architect of erosion of J&K's autonomy and they have always viciously engineered a plot against sentiments of people."
Stating that PDP's decision to stay away from the polls was strongly based on a reason to respect sentiments of people "to ensure that there are no further killings on ground and therefore we took the decision to boycott".
Mir said historically Congress has been "deceitful and no different from those whom they attack and today it's a clear writing on the wall that national parties have miserably failed to understand and address the political issue in the Valley".
"The decision of Congress will further alienate people , but "Then it's nothing new for them as they have time and again shown that they don't care for people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the same party that ensured to hang Afzal Guru, and not even return his mortal remains. Today they will do anything to grab power," he added.