National Conference on Monday said PDP had sold its self-rule document to the highest bidders in Nagpur in lieu of power in J&K and had hence lost the right to even talk about the Kashmir Issue. National Conference Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani and Party Spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu lashed out at PDP for continuing in its shameless efforts to mislead the people of the State by still having the audacity to comment on Autonomy while it was a long established fact that PDP’s patrons and leaders had played an active role in eroding J&K’s Autonomy throughout their political careers.
In a statement issued from Party Headquarters in Srinagar, the NC leaders said National Conference didn’t require any shameless sermons from the saboteurs and violators of the State’s Autonomy and Special Status and that PDP should rather tender an unconditional apology to the people of J&K for abandoning its election-time slogans of dual currency, ‘self-rule’, return of power projects and revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). “What happened to PDP’s ‘self-rule’ document? The Party President herself who is now the Chief Minister is on record for having promised that PDP would seek the complete revocation of AFSPA as soon as it came to power. What happened to that demand? They promised they would ensure the return of power projects from NHPC. Then when in power PDP shamelessly voted against a resolution proposed in the Legislative Council by National Conference that sought the return of power projects. They have bartered every single political promise just so that Late Mufti Sahab and then Mehbooba Mufti could sit in the Chief Minister’s chair”, the NC leaders said in the statement.
“Before demonstrating its shamelessness to question NC’s commitment for the restoration of Autonomy, PDP should introspect and remember how its patrons and present-day ‘leaders’ were hand-in-glove with New Delhi while Autonomy was being eroded from 1953 to 1975. Late Mufti Sahab was a part of those pliant, surrogate regimes in the State that crawled when asked to bend by New Delhi. He was a part of those State Cabinets that approved the dilution of the State’s Autonomy while Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and countless NC stalwarts were languishing in jails for their struggle to safeguard the aspirations and interests of the State and its people. PDP General Secretary should first answer why Mufti Sahab chose to be an active architect in almost every single political onslaught on the State’s Autonomy”, the statement further stated.