PDP, BJP still in alliance in Jammu and Kashmir: NC

National Conference on Wednesday lashed out at Peoples Democratic Party saying that the party was still in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and hand-in-glove to influence the polls by “deceit and deception.”

Senior National Conference (NC) leaders, in a joint statement, said: “We have credible information about PDP soliciting the advice and direction of the BJP for fielding candidates, convenient to it, for Jammu-Poonch and Kathua-Udhampur parliamentary constituencies to facilitate division of anti-BJP votes in order to ensuring the victory of BJP candidates.”

The NC leaders said that the arrangement of convenience is in its final stage.

National Conference leaders accused the PDP of brightening BJP prospect in the two parliamentary constituencies by fielding those candidates who can divide anti-BJP votes.

The NC leader said: “PDP, which is essentially a product of BJP, did it covertly in 2009 and overtly in 2014. PDP’s anti-BJP posturing is a façade. They are on the same page. BJP is in the process of giving names of the candidates convenient to PDP, who can cut votes and have field day for its own candidates.

The leaders also saw a larger and sinister design in withdrawing the support to PDP led government in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

“All this drama was enacted to offset the growing criticism within BJP core constituency across the country over aligning with an anti-national party. By adopting this modus operandi, the PDP and BJP were actually complementing and supplementing each other in their respective constituencies by taking ‘North Pole South Pole’ posturing,” said the leaders, in the statement.

National Conference lashed out at PDP for “compromising” with the interests of the people at a time when the State was at cross roads of its history and passing through most difficult times with inimical elements hell bent upon trampling its status and special identity.

They said that the arrangement appears to be a worst kind of quid pro quo with the PDP expecting loaves of power once the BJP is settled in Delhi throne for another five years.

“The PDP is playing villain to the people, who are determined to uphold their special and unique identity, irrespective of regional and religious affiliations”, National Conference leaders said and warned the PDP for playing with fire by indulging in double speak and murky politics.

They termed the PDP’s so-called extreme posturing in the Valley as well-played role of a smart storyline scripted in Nagpur with sinister motivation of facilitating BJP victory in the backdrop of Kashmir locale, making it a theatre of cross border conflict.

“Electors of Jammu and Kashmir will not oblige the PDP and the BJP to succeed in their dubious plot as they are politically matured enough to read between the lines”, the leaders said.

Besides Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, the signatories to the joint statement included Surjeet Singh Slathia, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Rattan Lal Gupta, Th Rachpal Singh, Th Kashmira Singh, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy, Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, S Harbans Singh, Abdul Gani Malik, S. Trilochan Singh Wazir, Vijay Bakaya, Mr Ajaz Jan, B R Kundal, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Sheikh Bashir, Haji Mohammed Hussain, Dr  Kamal Arora, Vijay Laxmi Dutta, Satwant Kour Dogra, Mohd Aslam Khan, Ch Liaqat Ali, Advocate, Jagjeevan Lal, Dr Chaman Lal, Dr Gagan Bhagat, Bimla Luthra, Deepender Kour, Swaran Lata, Mehboob Iqbal, Issrar Khan, Vijay Lochan, Abdul Gani Teli, Romy Khajuria, Ajit Kumar Sharma and others.