PDP abandoned "Self-Rule" agenda for power: NC

PDP abandoned ''Self-Rule'' agenda for power: NC

He said on the other hand NC's demand for restoration of autonomy is the principled stand of the party that does not change “to please and appease potential allies in New Delhi.”

National Conference (NC) Friday lashed out at PDP for what it called abandoning ‘Self-Rule’ vision document for political expediency ahead of imminent government formation with BJP.

"What about PDP’s ‘self-rule’ document? With what face will PDP abandon its flagship political slogan and its main political document? We hope someone in the PDP musters the courage to answer,” NC spokesman Junaid Mattu said in a statement.

He said on the other hand NC’s demand for restoration of autonomy is the principled stand of the party that does not change “to please and appease potential allies in New Delhi.”

"We have never sidelined our demand for the restoration of autonomy.In 2000, NC introduced autonomy resolution in the assembly – which was in turn passed and forwarded to the government of India. Our struggle to seek the resolution of the Kashmir Issue is a perennial factor in our politics. PDP – on the contrary – has emerged on the scene as an agency-sponsored political outfit created to fragment the voice of the people of Kashmir", Mattu said.

"PDP sought votes in the recent assembly elections on the premise of keeping BJP at bay and today PDP’s chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar has the face to say that a PDP-BJP government would be popular in J&K and that PDP will look for some arrangement with BJP to ensure that PDP and BJP win all Rajya Sabha seats. This is one of the biggest volte faces in the history of J&K politics", he said.