Partner for years, Congress turns critic

The Congress shared power with the PDP for five-and-a-half years from 2002, and then for another six years with the NC since 2008.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: December 16, 2014 12:35 am

After sharing power with either the National Conference or the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir over the last 12 years, the Congress today is criticising both parties as being “unreliable” and of “doublespeak”.

The Congress shared power with the PDP for five-and-a-half years from 2002, and then for another six years with the NC since 2008. The latter coalition has run its full course, though the parties have contested separately in the LS elections and now.

kashGhulam Nabi Azad, leading the Congress in the polls, last week accused previous governments of looting the state, though he clarified that the one he had led didn’t do so. Days earlier, he had compared the PDP and the NC with the BJP, which has softened its decades-old stand on Article 370. Azad said Narendra Modi and his party were following what the regional parties had been doing for 60 years — saying one thing in Kashmir and another in Jammu.

Sham Lal Sharma, minister and Congress candidate, has accused “Kashmir-centred parties’’ of perpetuating political instability “so that they can run their shops in the Valley”. “Of late, they have another ally in the BJP which has hijacked the agenda of the NC and the Hurriyat Conference, besides joining hands with separatists.”

Omar Abdullah has said it is strange that the Congress has been criticising his government and yet taking credit for all the good things the government has done. Congress spokesperson Shafiq Mir says the NC became a hurdle to the implementation of flagship Congress schemes, but added, “We had to remain in the coalition under compulsion.”

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  1. Vinay Jambhali
    Dec 16, 2014 at 9:14 am
    “We had to remain in the coalition under compulsion.” - See more at: :indianexpress/artic..pulsion from whom for coal scam led Manmohan singh to sign every wrong file?Compulsion on 2G scam. from DMK ?Congress will have hundred compulsive reasons to analyse....But they have to get out of the hands of Digvijay singh, Manu Singhvi, Manish Tiwari rhetorics . if they have to retain whatever remaining support .Need not be afraid of the temporary success of smaller parties and try to emulate them but stand as an alternative to the BJP on the development agenda...while ensuring the returns to there lower aspirational support base....There support base feel they are only used as vote bank but their aspiration to move in development chain is not heeded...only the fundamentalists dominate and the lower support base wants development and unshackling of male domination....otherwise they move to alternatives who promise development..and aspirations to move into a better middle cl ...?This will require time but that is the only way as it should understand the development philosophy of Nehru and Sastry and engage accordingly and not get bogged with rhetorical politics.
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