Party’s Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi while rejecting the uncouth assertions of BJP’s General Secretary as insightful of his frustration asked him what political process he was alluding to.
“National Conference has never hesitated to represent people’s aspirations; we have always been at the forefront when it came to representing people’s aspirations. We have never run away from our obligations. But how can any political activity be started at this juncture when most of the political leaders are still under house detention since the unconstitutional scrapping of Articles 370, Art35 A. Those who were released from detention centers have been kept detained in their homes. So far the government has only been revolving the doors of detention. The way people’s representatives, former MLA’s, ministers; Sitting MPs, political activists are being treated since 5th of august 2019 speaks volumes about BJP’s repugnance for democratic institutions and elected representatives in J&K,” he said.
“Madhav who is serving sermons on democracy should first introspect rather than point figures. What about those who had already secured people’s confidence in parliamentary elections, why were they circumvented by the BJP led central government while undertaking the unilateral and unconstitutional decisions on 5th of August? Here we have him serve us lectures on democracy given that they were ones who despoiled the very fragile edifice of democracy in J&k. Starting from undermining established norms of a parliamentary democracy by using the then governor’s office to the caging of all representative voices in the run up for axing the identity of state, BJP didn’t leave any devious scheme unused to raize down the edifice of democracy, painstakingly achieved by National Conference. It is us who shouldered the numerous coffins of our colleagues, and workers all these years. It was us who watered the frail sapling of democracy in the most tumultuous years, unfortunately all that has been undone by BJP with a single stroke of pen”.
There is little to show that the purpose of abrogating Art 370 has achieved or is anywhere near being achieved, he said. “On the contrary BJP is facing public wrath in Jammu, Kargil, Pirpanjal and Chenab valley. The decisions of august the 5th have inversely pushed the entire region into a chasm of uncertainty, which the BJP is unable to grapple with despite having the entire government apparatus at their side” he said.
“Despite floating their toadies here in J&K, doing all hues of gimmicks, BJP has lately acknowledged the indispensability of the National Conference as a genuine stakeholder in bringing J&k back on the track of peace and prosperity,” he said.
He said NC has and will continue to be synonymous with the genuine political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and there can be no denial to it, even BJP’s founding father and former PM acknowledged it.
Meanwhile party’s senior leader and Member of Parliament from Baramulla, Mohammad Akbar Lone while talking to media has censured Ram Madhav for his foul-mouthed jibes against party’s vice president saying that Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had on the floor of Parliament acknowledged the capabilities of Omar Abdullah.