PDP lashes out at 'communal policies' of BJP

Last Updated: Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 23:10

Srinagar: Opposition PDP on Saturday launched a scathing attack on BJP, saying "its policies are laced with communal agenda".

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti also hit out at the Centre and state government over the ceasefire violations and questioned the cancellation of talks with Pakistan over meeting between separatists and Paksitan envoy.

"It (RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on all Indians being 'Hindus') is very unfortunate. The greatest loss to the state has been that a party like BJP which has a communal agenda (has become stronger here)... They are raising all such issues on which polarisation can take place," Mehbooba told reporters here.

She criticised Bhagwat's comments that every person in the country is a Hindu, saying it was the agenda of BJP, which also wanted the abrogation of Article 370 that provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir, construction of Ram Temple and Uniform Civil Code.

The PDP leader said her party had a definite agenda and will not allow communal forces to "succeed" in their designs.

"The responsibility of making BJP stronger lies on National Conference and Congress... PDP has an agenda that it will take head-on on such communal forces who try to polarise the state and will not allow them to succeed," Mehbooba said.

The PDP president blamed the Centre and state for the frequent violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control.

"Both the state and Centre are responsible. They (NC-Congress alliance) are ruling the state for the last six years and had a government in Delhi for five years. What has NC-Congress government done with the political process started by (PDP patron) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during UPA rule.

"Where are the Confidence Building Measures (CBM)? The CBMs are still there where we left. What happened to dialogue with separatists?" she asked and asserted that her party would not allow the state to become turf for war again.

"We will not let the state be the turf for war again. And if needed, we will come out on roads," she said.

On the passage of resolution recently by state Legislative

council seeking resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, the PDP president said, "Today the situation is such that even if we talk about dialogue, we are dubbed as anti-national."

"The talks between India and Pakistan was cancelled due to Hurriyat leaders meeting with Pakistan envoy. But you must remember that during (former Chief Minister) Mufti's time (2002-2005), sepratists not only met (then Pakistan President Pervez) Musharaff, but were even allowed to go to Pakistan. They also met L K Advani in Delhi when he was Deputy Prime Minister in the NDA-led government.

"But unfortunately whatever political process was going on till 2008, the government watered it down rather than taking it forward. We have returned to the same situation.Separatists talking to someone is dubbed anti-national. Delhi has taken a hardline stand. Pakistan bashing is going on. There is a talk of war on both sides and this is polarisation here."

About the proposed move of the state government to withdraw cases against the youth involved in stone-pelting during 2010 summer agitation, Mehbooba said, "It is ironical. First, they are killing the youth and arrest those who protest against the killings and now they want to present it as an election bonanza.

"They tortured people here for six years. They filed FIRs against them and are now withdrawing the cases," she said and asked why they did it at the first place.

"First you commit a mistake and then try to present it as an achievement due to election fear. This is uncalled for," she said.

On the alleged involvement of her party leaders in land scam, she said government has given a report and there is nothing in it against the PDP leaders.

"Government has all the agencies at its disposal. If there is anything they can take action," she said.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 23:10

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