Srinagar: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Friday hit back at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying he had "insulted" people of the state by accusing PDP of using "ill-gotten money" to "buy" public support in the recent Lok Sabha elections.
PDP leader Haseeb Drabu said by alleging that the party purchased votes in the polls to win all the three seats in Kashmir, the chief minister has insulted the Kashmiri voters "as his (Omar`s) contemptuous remarks point to lack of integrity among the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
"This is the most insulting thing a chief minister can say about his people," Drabu said in a statement here.
Omar, in a party convention yesterday, had alleged that the PDP had used its "ill gotten" money to buy people`s support during the recent Lok Sabha polls and the opposition party was going to repeat the tactics in the forthcoming assembly polls scheduled later this year.
"Does Omar Abdullah mean to say that Kashmiris lack political decision-making and are a saleable commodity? Does he mean to say that National Conference (NC) has been in power for the past 30 years by resorting to similar political malpractices?" Drabu asked.
The economist, who recently joined the opposition party, alleged that unfortunately after being rejected by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the NC leaders seem to have developed a habit of "insulting" Kashmiris at every available forum.
"The people won`t take this insult lying down and will definitely show the NC leaders during upcoming Assembly polls, what people`s power means," he said.