Not used to living without perks of power, National Conference (NC) is finding it very difficult to reconcile to the reality. The party has suddenly become a great proponent of secularism, unity and amity and a champion of the cause of Jammu.
It in any case has been a trait of the NC to sing different tunes in Kashmir, Jammu & Delhi. However, the people of the state understood their game plan and gave them a befitting reply in the parliamentary and state elections. NC has now expressed concern about divisive attempts under the garb of ultra-nationalism but conveniently forgets the omissions and commissions of his party in encouraging regionalism and divisive politics in the past.
NC has many questions to answer to the people of this state. It is easy to give sermons now but what NC did while in power is what the people want to know. Being responsible for the mass exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits from Valley, NC did not make till date any effort for their safe and honourable return. The party when in power failed to protect their properties and shrines.
The scars of Kishtwar riots planned and supervised by one of the ministers of his party are yet to heal. Diversions of funds meant for Jammu to Kashmir were ordered by none other than the governments headed by his party. Communalism, regionalism, ignoring the voice of the people of Jammu and Ladakh and their political subjugation has been the hall mark of National Conference ever since 1947.