War Of Words Between NC, PDP Heats Up

2 November 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Srinagar: In the ongoing war of words between the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party, the ruling party today slammed opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti's taunts against its working president and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's choice of constituencies as 'hypocritical'. Mehbooba, PDP president and parliamentarian from south Kashmir's Anantnag constituency, had yesterday remarked that Omar by 'running away' from Ganderbal had shown that his government had 'done nothing during the last six years'. Omar is contesting from Beerwah and Sonawar and skipping his family bastion, Ganderbal, for the Assembly elections. The NC reacted harshly to Mehbooba's criticism terming it 'illogical' and 'hypocritical'. 'Mehbooba needs to be reminded of her father Mufti Sayeed's historic and tragic flight from Bijbehara to RS Pura after successive defeats and eventually a sponsored rehabilitation in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, on a Janata Dal ticket,' NC spokesman Junaid Mattu said in a statement. The NC spokesman said Mehbooba should understand that Omar has challenged the PDP from Beerwah, which is represented by the opposition party in the current Assembly, and Sonawar being the Chief Minister's 'home constituency' was a 'natural choice'. 'The National Conference leaders don't believe in fleeing from Kashmir for political rehabilitation in Uttar Pradesh as was shamelessly demonstrated by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 1987,' Mattu said. The announcement of Omar's candidature has sparked a fresh war of words between the NC and the PDP, the two parties which are rivals in most constituencies of the Kashmir region. 'The people of JK know that it was Mufti Sayeed who brought the Disturbed Areas Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act to the state. It was Mufti Sayeed who entered into a Faustian bargain with L K Advani in 1989 to send Jagmohan as Governor to JK. 'So, Mehbooba Mufti should reflect on these facts and understand that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed owes a public apology to the families of thousands of youth who were butchered under his direct command as the Home Minister of India,' the NC spokesman said. The ruling party also asked Mehbooba to 'personally introspect and remember' how she has 'hopped between' three constituencies and two political parties. 'She contested on a Congress ticket from Bijbehara in 1996 and then abandoned that constituency and went to Pahalgam and then hopped to Wachi in Shopian - which she has recently abandoned as well after a disastrous term as an MLA,' Mattu said. 'Mehbooba needs to be reminded of her father Mufti Sayeed's historic and tragic flight from Bijbehara to RS Pura after successive defeats and eventually a sponsored rehabilitation in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, on a Janata Dal ticket. The NC leaders don't believe in fleeing Kashmir for political rehabilitation in Uttar Pradesh as was shamelessly demonstrated by Mufti Sayeed in 1987.' Junaid Mattu, NC spokesman.