J&K not NC’s personal estate: Mehbooba

J&K not NC’s personal estate: Mehbooba
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In a blistering attack on former chief minister Omar Abdullah for dubbing emergence of new parties in Kashmir as New Delhi's ploy to divide Kashmiri mandate, the Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said J&K is not a personal property of the National Conference.

Mehbooba'sattack followed Peoples Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone's diatribe againstOmar that he needed "mental treatment" for opposing emergence of new parties.

"It isunfortunate that National Conference considers Jammu and Kashmir as its ownestate. When (former chief minister) Mufti Muhammad Sayeed brought Congress inJammu and Kashmir, they called them worms of dirty drain (as a Delhi's party),"Mehbooba told reporters here.

"When thePDP was formed, they alleged the same thing. Today when Shah Faseal formed anew outfit, Omar says the same thing," said Mehbooba.

The PDPchief said Omar feels any party formed in J&K will claim right on theirestate of Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is ademocratic country and everyone has the right to form one's own party and dopolitics. Jammu and Kashmir is not a personal property of the NC," she added.

Omar'sremarks came on the day Shah Faesal, a bureaucrat-turned-politician who wasreportedly slated to join the NC, launched his own party, 'Jammu and KashmirPeoples Movement'.

Omar hadreacted to the development dubbing it as a New Delhi ploy to divide theKashmiri mandate.

"Why is itthat these political parties are launched only in Kashmir, why not in Jammu orLadakh? Doesn't it clearly indicate a ploy aimed at dividing us further?" Omarhad asked, addressing his party workers' convention in Anantnag Monday.

"It is afact that conspiracies have been hatched for long to weaken our special status.While in Jammu and Ladakh, the (political) field is being left open for theCongress and the BJP, here (in Kashmir) there is always an attempt to dividethe mandate," Omar had said, indirectly blaming New Delhi for the move.

Lone too hadattacked Omar Monday.

"Were we togive power to Omar Abdullah after Maharaja Hari Singh? He got Kashmiris killedin 2010. Before that his father got people killed and maimed from 1996 to 2002.Before that his father rigged the elections in 1987," Lone had told reportersin Handwara.

PeoplesConference chief asked Omar if there should be no other party except the NC.

"Do theyhave a copyright? Let me tell you Omar Abdullah is not a kid. He is throwingothers' lives in danger. New people have come on the political horizon. Theyare moving with few PSOs. Omar and his father and other family members areguarded by 600 to 700 security guards," he said.

Lone saidhad Shah Faesal joined National Conference, then he would have been a "goodman" for Omar.

"Now he has launched his own party, so he becomes a New Delhi's agent. Omar should get his mental system treated," he had said.  

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