Tariq Karra urges people to ‘save secularism’
Opposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday sought the support of socio-religious organization ‘Jamaat-e-Islami’ in the upcoming Lok Sabha bypolls in Kashmir to “fight the RSS” and “protect the identity of Kashmiris.”
Making an appeal for unity against communal and “anti-Kashmir forces” in the by-elections in Kashmir, Farooq said this was not about small ideological differences and issues between various entities in Kashmir but the “larger battle” against BJP and RSS.
“Today this is not a battle between Farooq Abdullah and this alliance but a larger battle for our very survival with dignity and honour. Today all of us, including our brothers in Jamaat-e-Islami, have to come together to fight RSS or our identity and honour will be wiped out,” Farooq said, addressing a gathering of National Conference workers at Gund in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
“I seek your support so that we can all collectively fight against the RSS with honour and courage,” he said.
He accused the ruling PDP of shaming and embarrassing Muslims across the country by allying with the RSS for political power.
“RSS represents decades of suppression of Muslims across the country and has openly advocated the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status since 1947. Today, both as a Kashmiri and a Muslim, I am disappointed and ashamed that PDP sold its 2014 mandate and its conscience to attain political power,” the former Chief Minister said.
Farooq, who is the joint NC-Congress candidate for bypolls in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, said the PDP had "shamed and embarrassed Muslims in general and Kashmiri Muslims in particular by allying with RSS.”
“Afer selling PDP to the RSS, Mehbooba is now trying her best to sell the rights, dignity and honour of Kashmiris to it,” Farooq said. “She doesn’t leave a single opportunity to heap praise on the RSS, the BJP and even those leaders of the Sangh Parivar who have openly advocated the destruction of minorities.”
The National Conference, Farooq said, never bowed before “bigoted, communal and anti-Muslim forces” and would never join hands with them for power.
Hitting out at the BJP for not fielding a single Muslim candidate in the recent assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Farooq said: “Mehbooba now expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow the footsteps of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Both Mehbooba Mufti and Narendra Modi are trying to fool us as their words don’t match to what is in their hearts.”
Former Member Parliament (MP) and Congress leader, Tariq Hameed Karra, while addressing the rally, said: “By-polls are an important battle to defeat RSS. It is a fight for survival of secularism.”
“PDP has volunteered to be RSS’ flag-bearer to trample the unique identity of Jammu and Kashmir and demolish its time-tested secular ethos,” Karra said.
He exhorted the people “to stand guard against sinister moves being perpetrated by forces inimical to the uniqueness of Kashmiriyat and strengthen the bonds of amity and brotherhood.”
Pertinently, some youth disrupted Karra’s speech for a brief moment by raising slogans against him in the midst of the programme, but these youth were later taken away from the rally venue by the police.
Others who were present on the occasion included Kafeel-Ur- Rehman, NC leaders Sharief-ud-Din Shariq, MLA Kangan Mian Altaf Ahmed, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Nasir Aslam Wani and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Monga.