Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday charged the PDP with abandoning its agenda and ignoring the wishes of people for the sake of power, and asked it to explain as to how it formed government with the BJP.
Referring to the CMP and the Agenda for the Alliance in State Governor’s address to joint sitting of both the Houses of State Legislature, Omar in the state legislative assembly asked the PDP “why would people believe you when within months you change your stance and joined hands to form the government with those very people in whose name you had spread fear among majority of Muslims during the elections?”
“You used BJP during elections saying that we (NC) will form government with them and that you have to stop them…You said that you have to save the state from those people as their ideology and the intentions are not good,” he reminded the PDP legislators in the House.
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“You tried to create an atmosphere of fear and distrust among majority Muslim population repeatedly and at one place after another. And after you were successful, you joined the same people in government formation,” he added.
In this context, he quoted the public statements of Mufti Sayeed and other senior PDP leaders against RSS, BJP and even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Mufti Sahib you had yourself said in Pulwama on November 18 that while RSS was resorting to poisonous rhetoric, BJP was trying to divide the state by resorting to communal polarization.”
Quoting another PDP leader Tariq Hamid Qarra in Dooru, he said that “poll boycott by people was going to benefit only the NC-BJP alliance and by voting for PDP, you can stop it…the only way to keep BJP out is to vote PDP…vote PDP to defeat the nefarious designs of BJP and the RSS.”
Similarly, quoting Mehbooba Mufti’s public speech at Kupwara on November 13, Omar said said that “we won’t have any truck with BJP…their agenda is very divisive…they want to pit Gujjar against Pahari…Jammu against Kashmir, Muslim Kashmir against Hindu India.”
Omar also said that Mehbooba at an Indian Express Idea Exchange programme was on record saying “… we will be forming government and we will like to keep state’s fate with the people of the state and our agenda…We cannot go with BJP.”
“It means that while BJP has been successful here (Jammu) by polarizing the situation, you (PDP) have won there (Valley) be creating fear about it and the RSS,” Omar said.
The NC leader even took a jibe at Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi during government formation. He also accused Mufti Sayeed of deliberately making the statement crediting Pakistan and Hurriyat for successful elections in the state so as to divert public discussion from its agenda for the BJP-PDP alliance.
He also criticized PDP for shifting responsibility of taking a final call on AFSPA to the Centre, saying that it was the state cabinet who can lift it.