National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that there was no doubt left anymore that PDP and BJP continue to be in a tactical alliance despite BJP's withdrawal of support to the PDP.
The NC Vice President said this had again become clear when PDP's two Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha abstained from voting in the election of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson and by the tragic fact that the elaborate report on 35-A continues to gather dust on the Law Secretary's tables since one year.
"There is a very elaborate and deep intrigue to assault the State's Special Status. The elaborate and comprehensive 60 page report on Article 35-A has still not been submitted in the Supreme Court and the file continues to gather dust on the Law Secretary's table," Omar said.
"This proves beyond any doubt that PDP is a part of this intrigue and continues to facilitate this anti-J&K agenda from within the state. Had National Conference not raised the grave issue of assaults on Article 35-A in the Legislative Assembly, PDP would have brazenly surrendered on the crucial issue for appeasing their allies."
"It was the duty of the Mehbooba Mufti Government to submit the elaborate report on 35-A in the Supreme Court but her Government chose inaction and surrender bringing us to this present situation. PDP chose not to confront the BJP and its longstanding agenda to weaken the state's special status", Omar added.
The NC Vice President ridiculed Mehbooba for telling the people she drank a cup of poison by aligning with the BJP. "She is also trying to tell us that the BJP-led central government is using NIA and CBI to coerce her MLAs to revolt against her. If this is true, why did Mehbooba instruct her two Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha to not vote against the BJP candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson?" Omar asked.
"The fact of the matter is that PDP is still in a tactical alliance with the BJP which is also evidenced by the fact that PDP is not defending Article 35-A in the Supreme Court as compared to National Conference which has retained a legal team and filed an intervention plea for this purpose. Why haven't Senior PDP leaders who are practicing advocates at the Supreme Court filed for intervention in this matter?"
The NC leader said his party has been fighting against the powers working to the detriment of the state since decades. "It was on this day in 1953 that a popular leader of the state, Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was overthrown and incarcerated for standing up for the rights of his people," Omar said.
"We have seen in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 2002 how the powers that be have tried to weaken the State's voice and fragment its representation through local connivance. We have fought against these machinations every single time and we will continue to fight against such ploys in the future."
The Workers' Convention was also addressed and attended by NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Senior Leader and Former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Central Zone President MLC Ali Muhammad Dar, Political Advisor Tanvir Sadiq and Party Leader Manzoor Ahmed Wani besides party functionaries and office bearers.