The National Conference on Tuesday rejected the allegations made by the Home Minister as a bout of frustration on account of PAGDs participation in the DDC elections.
In a joint statement, Party’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial Presidents Nasir Aslam Wani, Devender Singh Rana, Party MPs Mohammad Akbar Lone, Hasnain Masoodi and women’s wing state President Shameema Firdous said that supporting the democratic process and consequently blocking the BJP and stopping its newly formed King’s party from having a free run in J&K has irked Home Minister Amit Shah.
“Seeing imminent drubbing in the ongoing DDC elections and having been snatched of the biggest propaganda tool,” the leaders said “the assertions made by the home minister were quite anticipated.”
“Amit Shah has woken up late in the day to attack the PAGD because it seems that contesting elections in Jammu & Kashmir is a crime and is unconstitutional. The frustration on his part is quite understandable because the BJP and its newly constituted team B in J&K were quite certain that PAGD will boycott the elections and allow them a free run in J&K. They were in the process of launching a vicious campaign against us. However, we have taken a big propaganda tool away from them by participating in the elections and above all fighting them as an Alliance. This is what has sent him into tizzy,” they said.
The leaders further added that it was only in J&K that the people who participate in elections and support a democratic process are referred to as anti-nationals. “In reality those who oppose the BJP are labeled as corrupt, and anti-nationals. It is perhaps for the first time in the post independence history of the country that people who are contesting elections and showing respect for the democratic process are treated with such disdain,” they added.
The joint statement also said that the constituent parties of PAGD aren’t a “gang” but a group of political parties who have all through nurtured the frail sapling of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir by putting their lives on stake. “We all have fought elections and will continue to do so; we won’t allow pliant stooges and minions of BJP to grab the sacred democratic space and profit from the poll boycott,” they added.
They said that none of the government’s action has redeeming qualities and running a malicious campaign against the PAGD won’t help achieve anything.