Awami Itihad Party chairman Engineer Rashid Saturday flayed chief minister Omar Abdullah over his remark, he has made during an interview, that his recently launched political party ‘was a New Delhi policy to divide Kashmir people’. The chief minister had also claimed that Rashid was a result of the failures of his ruling National Conference. Rashid, while addressing his party workers in central Kashmir’s Khan Sahib, said, “Instead of chief minister creating doubts in the minds of people, he should pass truth and facts to the people of his state.” He said that AIP has come into existence only after NC and others failed to deliver and the party is based on sincerity however, he said, “If Omer Abdullah really knows some secret about it he should expose me before the people of the state.”
The Member Legislative Assembly from Langate said, “Neither the National Conference’s failure or any other power has helped me to enter the Kashmir legislative assembly. But it is the respectable people of his constituency who chose him with a massive mandate.”
The lawmaker said, “Even if there was truth to Omar’s claims, it was a matter of shame for the oldest party in Jammu and Kashmir.” He said that people of the state have learned a good lesson from Langate constituency and in coming elections Omar’s NC would have to repent for the innumerable mistakes that it has committed. “Omar should start to pack his bags,” he said. On Omar’s claims that AIP was a product of New Delhi’s policy, he said, “The chief minister instead of making statements should make public each and every detail of New Delhi’s nefarious designs and help his nation.” He said since he was elected to the state assembly he has pleaded both the NC and Peoples Democratic Party to join hands for the good of Kashmir nation. “But both the parties want power and have therefore never taken my suggestion seriously.” He said, in 2010, he wrote to both Omar and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to seek unification for the sake of nation. “I knocked their doors but they remain unmoved and only indulge in rhetoric. The people of Kashmir know their politics and in the coming elections they would be exposed,” the lawmaker said.