Kick starting its bypoll campaign for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, the National Conference (NC) today accused Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of working on the “diktats of RSS” and pursuing its policies for power. “The only aim of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is power and it can go to any extent for this. It is the greed of the power that Mehbooba chose not to speak over anti-Kashmir policies of the Centre. “The number of pellet guns have been strengthened from 500 to 6000 with six lakh rounds of ammunition but Mehbooba did not utter a word,” former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said addressing a rally at party headquarters here.
The rally, which was also addressed by NC president and party candidate from Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Farooq Abdullah, was organised to kick start the party’s election campaign for the April 9 bypoll. Omar accused Mehbooba of working on the “diktats of RSS” and said “everything is done in the state to please the RSS”. “Every decision in the Chief Minister’s office is taken at RSS headquarters in Nagpur. She was the one who was protesting against arrests on the streets (while in opposition) but her government arrested 10,000 persons and slapped Public Safety Act against 1000 youth.”
“In the past, Mehbooba was talking about self-rule, revocation of AFSPA, talks between India, Pakistan and Hurriyat but after coming to power she forgot everything. If she is remembering anything, it is power and how to safeguard it,” Omar said. Accusing the PDP of inflicting only “miseries and problems” on the people during its rule, Omar appealed NC leaders and workers to reach out to the people and caution them about the “anti-Kashmir” policies of PDP and RSS. The NC’s working president also accused the Jammu and Kashmir government of using “government machinery, money power and other tactics to win the polls”.
Farooq, in his address, said the upcoming bypoll was a test for the party and the people. “While on one hand the communal forces have fielded PDP and activated all its machinery to harm the interests of Kashmiris, on the other new ways and means are explored to divide the voice of the people,” he said. He said the people have to decide whether they will vote for PDP to strengthen RSS or safeguard their interests and aspirations by making National Conference successful. “Shrewd conspiracies and abhorrent policies of RSS are behind the communal atmosphere in the country. It is trying to extend its reach to Kashmir through PDP,” the senior Abdullah said.
He accused the ruling PDP-BJP coalition of working jointly to “divide people in the name of caste, creed, colour, religion and region”. “The party leaders and workers have the responsibility to visit every household and make the people aware of the dirty tricks of the two parties,” Farooq said.