Srinagar: Rebel National Conference (NC) leader Aga Ruhullah Mehdi lauded the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday for staying away from the proceedings of the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission, saying “it is never too late to stand for your rights”.
In a letter to the commission, the PDP said it would not be a part of an exercise, the outcome of which “is widely believed to be pre-planned”.
“It is never too late to stand for your rights. Unambiguity is the way forward. Hoping this letter reflects the in-house consensus. The message of the letter is appreciable,” Mehdi, who was once the chief spokesman of the National Conference (NC), said in a tweet.
The former minister and an influential Shia leader has fallen out with the NC leadership, including Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, on how they have gone about handling the post-August 2019 situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Soon after the mainstream political parties attended the all-party meet convened by Prime Minister NarendraModi last month, Mehdi went on an offensive against the decision of the Kashmiri leaders.
He summed up the all-party meet in one line: “A briefing session for participation in delimitation and elections. Period.”