People of Jammu and Kashmir should elect those in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections who will ensure that their voice is heard in the parliament, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Tuesday.
Addressing a delegation of party functionaries and workers from Khan Sahab, Khrew and other areas, Farooq said: “Now that the trumpet of the LS elections has been blown, the National Conference is all geared up for the elections. People of J&K want a credible voice to represent their aspirations in the top-most house of the country. Our party is the only credible voice of all regions of J&K. It is the National Conference that is credited with establishing a welfare state here”.
“The people of Kashmir remember PDP for unleashing countless miseries on the state and its people,” Farooq said.
“The PDP notwithstanding its pretentious anti-BJP campaign joined hands with the same BJP after 2014 elections and what followed was an unambiguous instance of political opportunism. The treacherous role played by the PDP and its leadership is an open secret. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed as a loyalist of late G M Sadiq played a pivotal role in destroying the status of our state,” Farooq said, according to a statement issued here.
“What was left of our special status, Sayeed took it upon himself in his stint as chief minister in 2002 and 2014. In 2002, in a major assault on the Muslims of J&K, Sayeed played with the working autonomy of the Muslim Waqf board,” Farooq alleged. “In 2014, late Mufti allied with a party which is openly threatening the minorities in India. Now the responsibility rests on people to choose between forces inimical to state’s special status and those who have lent immense sacrifices for the protection of the unique identity of our state.”
Mocking PDP’s slogan ‘goli say nahi, baat banegi boli say’, Farooq said: “By facilitating the entry of BJP into the state, the PDP set free the forces which are inimical to the state’s institutions and fiddling with our working autonomy. Never has Kashmir witnessed such violence as was unleashed during the reign of BJP and PDP. The BJP-PDP rule witnessed erosion of state’s institutions. Besides, what was left of our identity in the form of financial autonomy was also surrendered by the PDP by implementing GST in J&K,” Farooq said.
“Now it is up to the people to discern between the ones who stand for their rights and who trampled them. However, people have made it a point to show such forces as are inimical to the state their right place. In the end it is the people whose resolve will prevail,” he said.